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SPRING 1999 ■ Vol. 70, No: 

Dear Friends of Sweet Briar College, 

As I write you today, it is a typical spring at Sweet Briar: shining days alternating with gentle rains, all 
racing by too fast. The star magnolias in the garden of Sweet Briar House smell intoxicating — though I 
now know that the wonderfiil aroma will only last for three or four more days. Daffodils dot the landscape 
for a week or two, and then are gone. The sounds of spring are here as well, as doors and windows open and 
activity moves outside. Last weekend, our second annual music festival brought everything from Irish danc- 
ing to bluegrass, blues and the folk music that reminded me of my own college days. Yesterday, I threw out 
the first ball for our Softball season (I didn't get it over the plate, I'm afraid, but the team won anway), and 
today I hear the cheers of a lacrosse game in the field behind Sweet Briar House. 

Like the season, the semester hurries by too fast. With our new calendar in place, graduation wdU be ear- 
lier than in previous years, so in every discipline, students are preparing tor culminating exercises. At the 
moment, I hear someone practicing for a senior piano recital. It won't be long before students are off to 
summer internships, research projects, or for our seniors, graduate school or "real" jobs. The cycle continues. 

But the best of Sweet Briar endures. This issue of the Alumnae Magazine is one I've been looking for- 
ward to, because it focuses on the arts, those disciplines that together take aim at our souls, and celebrate the 
deep beauty of our world. At Sweet Briar, our concept of the arts is interdisciplinan' in its approach, with 
opportunities for primary research and creative activity, emphasizing the synthesis of learning and doing. 
Further, our arts facultv strive to integrate the arts with virtuaUv tvtrx discipline within our curriculum. 

Senior EmUv Poore's work is a fine example ot this approach: it combines the mounting ot an art gaUer)' 
exhibition with archaeological and historical research and the writing of an exhibition catalog: thus, learning 
and doing, the integration of the arts with multiple disciplines, using the language and techniques of the 
arts to reveal much about our social history. The success of this project ftdfiUs, for EmU)', the College's goal 
of fostering an environment that encourages each student to be "proactive, intentional, and articulate" about 
her own education. 

Interest in the arts is blooming at Sweet Briar. In fact, including seniors, juniors, and the sophomores 
who have just declared their majors and minors, 28 % have chosen the arts: dance, English and creative 
writing, art historv, music, studio art, theater, or musical theater. Music professor Alan Huszti, who has been 
at Sweet Briar since 1972, says he can never remember this much vit;ilit\' in the arts. "To have this happen 
in the twUight of my career is so satisfying." 

I think this renewal and growth is a direct outgrowth of collaboration between arts lacultv' across disci- 
plines. Because of demand, for example, theater arts Professor Bill Kershner will have the opportunit}', for 
the first time at Sweet Briar, to teach playwriting next fall as part of the creative writing program. Our re- 
newed relationship with the VCCA has led to an unprecedented level of interaction between our faculty 
and students and VCCA Fellows, to the benefit of all concerned. Our students have the opportunit}' to ob- 
serve successfiil creative artists at work and to talk with them about how they live their lives. 

In mam- wa\-s, the VCCA partnership has reminded all of us that each facult}' member in the creative 
arts at Sweet Briar is also a working professional. Jonathan Green, chairman of the music department, is a 
composer of growing national note; several of his compositions have been performed throughout the coun- 
trv this year. John Gregor)' Brown was an award-winning author when he came to Sweet Briar; now his 
wife, Carrie, who has recendy been teaching at Sweet Briar as well, is receiving widespread notice for her 
first two novels (her first, Rose's Garden, was just named the winner of the 1998 Barnes & Noble Discover 
Great New Writers Award). The Browns are wonderfiil role models for our )'oung women, showing how 
one can combine family, intellectual growth, career, personal goals and involvement in a communit)' into a 
rich and meaningflil life. The students are listening, as evidenced by the sharp rise in the number of gradu- 
ate school applications — and acceptances — from Sweet Briar creative writing students who want to go on to 
the graduate level writing programs. 

As I travel around the country, I find it wonderfiil to note how many alumnae have crafted careers in the 
arts, or have used their Sweet Briar degrees in the arts in intriguing ways to shape careers in non-arts fields. 
I invite you to sample all of these approaches in this Alumnae Magazine. And from all of us at Sweet Briar, 
may you find this a season of renewal. 


EUsabeth S. Muhlenfeld, 

WEET Briar 

Alumnae Magazine 

Kermit and Kelli: See p. 5 to read about Kelli Rogowski's internship at Jim 
Henson Productions in New York Cit)'. 

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Sweet Briar Alumnae Magazine 

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Graphic design by Nancy Blackwell 
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Sprixc. 1999 • Vol. 70, No. 3 

Cover Photo: Student dancers pertorm "Summer Memories." See back 
cover for identification. 

Plioto <c .Andrew Wilds 


Inside Front A Message from the President 

2-16 The Fine Arts At Sweet Briar 
by Mary Molyneux Abrams '86 

17 VCCA Partnership: 

The Sweet Briar Fellows-in-Residence 

by Mary Molyneux Abrams '86 

18 Mar)' Boykin Chesnut on Love & War 
by Ann MacDonald '97 

19-23 InTheSpothght 

Two Alumnae Featured on 
Oprah Winfrey Program 

24-25 An Experience Never To Be Forgotten 
(An Evening With Maya Angelou) 
by Katie Wright' 00 

26-27 The Art CoUection At Work 
by Rebecca Massie Lane 

28-29 What's Next? The 1999 Winter Forums 
by Michael D. Richards 

30 Letters/T3ulletin board 

31-32 Mini Reunions 

33-34 Club Corner 

35-36 Transitions; Recent Deaths 

37-48 Class Notes 

Inside Back In the Sweet Briar Tradition 
Mollie Johnson Nelson '64: 
Survival Of The Fittest 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine ■ Spring 1999 


By Mary Molyneux Abrams '86 

The status of the fine arts program at Sweet Briar 
today is a story about links: connections between the 
traditional arts and new technologies; collaborations 
both between arts organizations and the College, and 
among academic departments on campus; ties between 
the fine arts curriculum and careers; and networking 
among alumnae and students. 

It is also a story about links to web pages that are 
making Sweet Briars fine arts resources available to 
scholars and friends of art around the world. In a 
similar way, e-mail is encouraging Sweet Briar 
graduates to keep in touch with former professors, staff 
members, and each other. 

Perhaps the most important link is the relationship 
between the fine arts at Sweet Briar and the College's 
new General Education Program. Creative 
endeavors play a key role in a curriculum that explic- 
itly fosters student-centered, integrated, experiential 
learning opportunities. 

ileen "Ninie" 
Laing '57, profes- 
sor ot art histor\' at 
Sweet Briar, was a 
chemistrv' major 
who worked in the 
field for several 
years before 
switching career 
paths in graduate 
school. Her storv' 
is not unique. Pro- 
fessor Laing is 
quick to provide 
examples of alum- 
nae who started 
^^^^^J out in one place 
' I ■ and ended up in 
^^^^^i another. "Look at 
^^^^^1 Sarah Porter 
Boehmler '65," 

Hsays Laing. "The 
first woman to 

^'Yi sen^e as executive 

^^J vice president ot 
^^0^^^ t^he American 
^^N^^. stock exchange was 
■ a Sweet Briar reli- 
gion major - that's the beauty of 
the liberal arts." 

Professor Laing is proud ot 
the tact that art histor}' majors 
are not "lock stepped" into spe- 
cific career tracks. Some of her 
students find success and satis- 
faction working tor galleries, mu- 
seums, and historical 
foundations. Others carry their 
art histor)' skills into places like 
law school. "It is always wonder- 
fiil to see students remain active 
in the arts. But I am just as de- 
lighted when majors veer oft and 
applv their art history- back- 
grounds and methodolog\' to 
other disciplines. Both outcomes 
confirm that we are doing our 
job, which is to prepare Sweet 
Briar students to do amthing 
they choose." 

The demands of Professor 
Laing's own research may help to 
explain why she champions a 
broad-based education. Her 
1998-99 sabbatical is devoted to 
two projects. First, she is prepar- 
ing an exhibition on Ralph 
Adams Cram's master plan for 
the College to coincide with 

Sweet Briar's 2001 centennial. 
Second, she is investigating the 
origins of an unusual 13*xen- 
tur}' illuminated manuscript. The 
tragUe text was recentlv on view 
at the College's PanneU Galler\', 
appearing as part of a combined 
exhibition and art historv course 
called "Medieval Matters: Illu- 
minated manuscripts firom The 
Walters Art Gallery and the Li- 
brar>' of Mr. Harr}- A. Walton." 

The exact tocus of the Cram 
exhibition is yet to be deter- 
mined. Protessor Laing and Re- 
becca Massie Lane have met in 
Boston to pour over Cram's orig- 
inal architectural plans tor Sweet 
Briar. The archives are fiiU of 
surprises. For example, early 
drawings for the Refectory in- 
cluded magnificent ceiling treat- 
ments which were never 
executed. Professor Laing knows 
why. She has uncovered the min- 
utes trom the board meeting that 
put the kibosh on such extrava- 

In addition, traveling to 
Boston enabled Professor Laing 
to meet with a former professor 
ot hers who also happens to be 
working on an illuminated man- 
uscript. "The manuscript I'm re- 
searching is a Psalter or a 
personal prayer book used by lay 
people during the second half of 
the 13* centur\'. Toward the end 
of the Middle Ages, this type of 
manuscript was replaced by a 
more succinct text known as the 
Book of Hours. What I have is a 
Psalter that includes a very early 
Book of Hours. It's transitional 
between the two phases, which is 
very exciting. One of my former 
professors is working on a similar 
project, but coming at it from a 
slighdy different perspective. It 
was great to be able to work on 
both tronts - Cram and the 
manuscript - in one place." 

Though Sweet Briar has one 
of the best art histor\' collections 
in the state. Professor Laing is 
well known for establishing field 
trips to museums and other pri- 
mary sources. Her "American 
Architecture and Decorative 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine ■ Spring 1999 

Arts" course is the easiest to sup- 
plement in this regard. "Students 
here are living in the middle ot a 
marvelous laboratory of early- 
American architecture. We travel 
to Richmond, Williamsburg, 
Monticello, Poplar Forest, and 
Point of Honor. It's a firsthand 
experience that, of course, in- 
cludes historic Sweet Briar." 

Professor Laing believes that 
art history — at least the way 
Sweet Briar teaches it — offers 
students breadth. "Objects reflect 
culture. To understand why a 
work ot art looks the way it does, 
students have to know some- 
thing about religion, politics, and 
economics. They're also given the 
opportunity to develop their own 
commentary about the work. It is 
a critical, creative, interdiscipli- 
nar\' perspective that makes lite 
richer. And it applies to more 
than just the visual arts. Music, 
dance, literature, theatre - as the 
world becomes more technologi- 
cally tocused, we have to make 
sure the fme arts remain front 
and center in people's lives." 

There is an old saying that 
recommends keeping your 
triends close and your enemies 
even closer. Perhaps following 
this advice, one of Professor 
Laing's Sweet Briar colleagues is 
embracing technology toward 
the goal of making the study of 
art more accessible to people 
everywhere. Chris Witcombe, 
professor of art history, is already 
using computers in ways that 
other art historians are just now 
beginning to consider. And 
they're counting on Protessor 
Witcombe to show them the 

Protessor Witcombe did not 
set out to become honorary vice 
president of the Art History 
Webmasters Association. His 
original goal was, and still is, "to 
break apart the story. To teach 
not the history of art, but art in 

In 1992, he restructured his 
courses to "better retlect how art 
historians are thinking today." 
For example, instead of teaching 

Renaissance art in Italy, Professor 
Witcombe decided to teach "Eu- 
ropean Art in the IS'i^ Centur}'," 
including Italy, France, Germany, 
Britain, Spain, and the Nether- 
lands. The problem was he could 
not find a textbook to comple- 
ment his new organization. 

"I started copying the mater- 
ial I wanted, cutting and pasting 
it together, and binding it into 

nating duplications. Another 
asset is the detailed indexing of 
material at large Web sites, such 
as those of the French Ministry 
ot Culture..." 

Protessor Witcombe's com- 
mand of the medium caught the 
attention of Harcourt Brace Col- 
lege Publishers. In 1996, the 
company asked Professor 
Witcombe to develop a website 

Ninie Laing (far rightl with art history students 

books. That got ridiculous. So I 
turned to digital scanning, which 
worked well for text, but the im- 
ages were problematic. I had to 
order separate booklets ot prints 
from a company in Massachu- 
setts, one set for each student. 
Then, in 1995, 1 saw a program 
called Mosaic, the predecessor of 
Netscape. There it was — images 
and text — this was it — the thing 
I was looking for." 

Professor Witcombe's web- 
site, "Art History Resources on 
the Web," is giving Sweet Briar 
College an international reputa- 
tion as the place to go for schol- 
arly, relevant, and up-to-date 
information. In her book. Art In- 
formation on the Internet (Oryx 
Press, 1999), Lois Swan Jones 
praises Professor Witcombe's ef- 
forts saying, "At this Web site, 
Internet material is indexed ac- 
cording to periods and styles, 
artists, architects, and historical 
monuments, following the art 
history approach used by many 
academic institutions. The briet 
notes that are included help you 
find just what is needed, elimi- 

to support their classic textbook, 
Gardner's Art Through the Ages. 
The success of that project, 
"Gateway to Art History," firr- 
ther enhanced Protessor Wit- 
combe's reputation as the "go to 
guy" in art history. 

On any given day. Professor 
Witcombe fields inquiries from 
high school students to produc- 
ers at the Discovery Channel. 
Journalists from the Washington 
Post, Ms. magazine, the Baltimore 
Sun, the Las Vegas Business Times, 
and Atlantic Monthly call in con- 
nection with stories about the in- 
ternet, the Venus of WiUendorf, 
or the Piccassos on display in a 
new gambling casino. Protessors 
in Spain, doctoral candidates in 
South Africa, editors in England, 
science writers in Denmark - all 
quickly find their way to Profes- 
sor Witcombe. 

As an art historian on the 
cutting edge ot developing and 
using web-based resources in the 
classroom. Professor Witcombe 
has been invited to lecture at 
conferences in Montreal, Miami, 
and Los Angeles. He is writing 

an online WebCT program to be 
packaged with the next edifion 
of Gardner's Art Through the 
Ages. He is also busy driving into 
town to help Amherst County 
High School develop an internet 
course on the Renaissance. 

What all the hoopla comes 
down to is this; Professor 
Witcombe is taking materials 
developed primarily for Sweet 
Briar students — including art 
history. Honors Program, and J- 
Term courses — and sharing 
them with the rest of the world. 
A phenomenon that is exciting 
scholars, publishers, journalists, 
and web enthusiasts around the 
world, gets even better when it's 
originating with your professor, 
in your classroom, right here at 
Sweet Briar College. 

Alumnae who trudged miles 
through the snow to review 
slides in the dead of night before 
an exam will be stunned by the 
resources available at <http://> . Though 
much of the SBC-specific course 
material is password protected, it 
is possible to view reports by stu- 
dents, complete with images and 
links. It is also possible to read 
what Professor Witcombe calls 
"computer-table books." A good 
example is HiO, a series of essays 
written by Sweet Briar professors 
for an honors seminar called 
"Water" which was offered 
spring semester. 

Protessor Witcombe is not 
completely caught up in the web. 
His book. Copyright in the Re- 
naissance: Prints and the Privilegio 
in Sixteenth-Century Venice and 
Rome, is currently under consid- 
eration for publication in the 
Oxford-Warburg Studies series 
by the Oxford University Press. 
He became interested in the sub- 
ject while researching another 
project in the Vatican's Secret 
Archives. More information 
about Professor Witcombe's 
book is available at 
<> in the SBC 
News & Events archives. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine ■ Spring 1999 

SBC's Greatest Hits 

The arts-related web pages hosted by the Col- 
lege receive thousands of visitors or "hits" 
each day. The most tratticked sites are main- 
tained by Professor Witcombe. "Art History 
Resources on the Web" alone averages be- 
tween 3,000 and 4,000 hits per day. Liz 
Linton, serials librarian, runs a close second 
with "Gifts of Speech," a site devoted to 
speeches by prominent women: activists, 
artists, authors, feminists, politicians, and 
philanthropists. Dr Ingber's "Sonetos del 
Siglo de Oro: Golden Age Spanish Sonnets" 
typically receives over 1,000 hits per day The 
Art Gallery, home of the Ukiyoe collection, 
attracts nearly 700 visitors daily. Following 
ire web addresses for these sites and more. 

Chistopher L.C.E. Witcombe: 
Index of websites 

This is the mother of all Witcombe sites. Be 
sure to check out the Honors 142 "Water" 
seminar Seventeen SBC professors contributed 
to the computer-table book H20:The Mystery, 
Art, and Science of Water. You will not be 
tested on this information. However, the 
"Venus of Willendorf " essay (click on "Images 
of Women in Ancient Art") is required reading 
in the "Women and Culture" course at the 
University of Arizona. The "What is Art? What 
is an Artist?" website, illustrated with the SBC 
art collection, is used in art history courses at 
the Universidad del Pafs Vasco in Bilbao, 

What's the Dilemma? 
Teaching Art History on the Web 

To find out why Professor Witcombe prefers 
the web over other digital media, check out his 
presentation: What's the Dilemma^ In the AN- 
SWERS segment, among dozens of other 
things, you can rotate a bronze statue using 
QuickTime Virtual Reality (QTVRl. 

An eye? Nose? Lip? The images 
are so large it's ditificult to tell 
up close what they are. When 
Joe Monk, associate professor 
ot studio art and department 
chairman, finishes pasting 

O these printouts on a stack of 
twent\'-seven gallon-size cans, 
L^i^ he'll have a self portrait. 

Q Professor Monk is teaching 

Dig! fa/ Design this semester, 
^^^ including basic techniques, 
' '\ commercial aspects, and cre- 
■P^^ ative applications. If anyone 
^^J has the right to be a little bit 
i condescending toward this rel- 

atively new technology, he 
does. A ceramist and sculptor, 
Professor Monk knows he can 
count on his potter's wheel to 
A. ^ perform. 
f^r , "I'm an expert at using a 

' J 5,000-year-old machine. 
^^0^^^ There's something about get- 
^^*^^j ting your hands in the clay. 
■ You realize your fingers are 
hooked up to a pretr\' powerfiil and reliable 
mainframe. I get frustrated with computers. 
They're a lot like early automobiles. You have 
to jump out, lift the hood, and troubleshoot 
too often to get to where you're going. Today, 
finally, you can drive a car 100,000 miles be- 
fore you have to do amthing major to it. 
Computers are getting better, but they're not 
there yet." 

The studio art department has a twelve- 
station computer lab equipped with the latest 


software and peripherals. Here, Professor 
Monk works to strike a balance between 
technical skills and creative possibilities. "It's 
eas)' to learn how to make a picture bigger 
and move it around. The hard part is know- 
ing why you're rearranging it in the first 
place. That's why Digital Design is a 200- 
level course. You have to have a creative 
foundation before you jump into something 
like Adobe Photoshop." 

Professor Monk and every other instruc- 
tor in the studio art department is a working 
artist. Laura Pharis in printmaking, Paige 
Critcher in photography, John Morgan in 
painting and mixed media - all maintain ca- 
reers in the midst of teaching. Their work is 
always visible: informally hanging in their of- 
fices; in process — strewn about studios in 
various stages of completion; or officially on 
display in the galleries around campus. 

"Ever)' single one of us has made a living 
as an artist," sa}'s Professor Monk. "We de- 
mand a lot from our students because we 
know what it takes to succeed in the arts. 
There's no room for slackers. Art is hard 

Two art studio students, Kelli Rogowski 
'99 and Erin McKinley '01, hear Professor 
Monk loud and clear. 

"I know working in the arts is very com- 
petitive," says Kelli. "That's why I'm making 
an extra effort to get a broad background 
combined with internships and other experi- 
ences." Erin agrees, "I considered art school, 
but I didn't want to be limited. I like mv 
other courses. I'm going to Spain next year. 
I'm head of the docents. I've interned with a 

Erm McKinle\ 01 hears Prolessor Monk loud and clear." 

Sweet Brl^r College Alumnae Magazine ■ Spring 1999 

Kelli Rogowski and Friend. 

graphic design firm and plan to explore a few 
other art careers before I graduate." 

KeUi — an art studio major, theatre and 
art history minor — interned at Jim Henson 
Productions in New York City. The opportu- 
nity was created by Catherine T. Hubbard 

"It was a childhood dream come true," 
says Kelli. "Even the 'grunt work' was really 
exciting. I was based in the design services 
department, which is the commercial side. I 
made style guides for Muppet Babies and 
The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss. That 
required going through the history ot draw- 
ings and compiling them for commercial 
uses. It someone needs to draw Miss Piggy to 
sell shampoo, they'll have examples ot her 
from different angles." 

Though she was based in design services, 
Kelli had opportunities to see the rest of Jim 
Henson Productions. "Walking through the 
studios and workshops, I got to see people 
sewing new feathers on Big Bird and clean- 
ing Snuffleupagus. The foam in Miss Piggy's 
head is delicate and only lasts a few days. It 
was a surreal experience, walking into a room 
of replacement Miss Piggy heads!" 

Kelli is interviewing for jobs whUe prepar- 
ing tor both the senior art exhibition and the 
spring theatre production The Good Woman of 
Setziian. "I feel like I have a head start," she 
says. "I've tried to make the most of it — 
even adding Professor Monk's Digital Design 
course here at the last minute because it is 
such a necessity these days." 

Erin McKinley knows exactly what Kelli 
is talking about. Interning in graphic design 
and advertising at the Edelman Group in 

Photo u^ D.w id .\br,\-MS 

Manhattan last summer, she was surprised to 
see how much ot the design work was exe- 
cuted on computers. "I know everything is 
moving in that direction, but I did not expect 
to see projects - even the rough stages — 
begin on the computer. The head designer 
made some preliminan' pencil drawings; that 
was all." 

Erin had the opportunity to participate in 
other facets of the business: creating cUent 
presentations, selecting papers and colors for 
brochures, and tracking jobs through the 
printing process. But the highlight was ac- 
companying the founder and president of the 
company to a client meeting. "I got to see her 
in action, proposing new projects. The client 
was really receptive and I was really im- 
pressed, seeing what it takes to put across 
creative ideas." 

What's next? Double majoring in art stu- 
dio and art history with a minor in Spanish is 
going to demand a lot of Erin's time in the 
next two years. Even so, she is already re- 
searching the possibilities, trying to pin down 
her next internship. Her first internship expe- 
rience was arranged with help from Rhoda 
Harris '82. 

"Fine arts students sometimes feel like 
they have to choose between success on the 
one hand and personal satisfaction on the 
other," says Professor Monk. "It takes time 
for them to figure out - and internships help 
to confirm — that creativity has value. Em- 
ployers are looking for more than just practi- 
cal skills. Studio artists excel at making sense 
out of chaos. Liberal arts graduates know 
how to think. It's a combination that qualifies 
you to do almost anything." 

Gifts of Speech 

In 1989, librarian Liz Linton was unable to help 
a student find a speech by Gloria Steinem. "I 
couldn't believe it," says Linton. "And it wasn't 
just Steinem. Outside of maybe five women in 
all of history, there were no speeches to be 
found." Starting with a grant from SBC in 1996, 
the site has already received a long list of 
awards. What a gathering: Margaret Atwood, 
Helen Curley Brown, Linda Fink, jane Fonda, 
Madeline L'Engle, Denise Levertov, Toni 
Morrison, Flisabeth S. Muhlenfeld, Faith 
Ringgold, Mary Carter Smith, and Gloria 
Steinem to name just a few. The Nobel 
Foundation has just granted Linton permission 
to post all of the Nobel Laureate speeches by 
women laureates. This is a "must see" for all 
Sweet Briar alumnae. 

Sonetos del Siglo de Oro: Golden Age Spanish 

Alix Ingber, professor of Spanish and associate 
dean of academic affairs, recently received an 
e-mail from a reader in Spain who pretty much 
summed it up: Estamos los espanyoles en 
deuda con usted por proveer tan excelente 
pagina de nuestra herencia literaria al alcance 
de la humanidad. Translation: We Spaniards 
are in your debt for making such an excellent 
page of our literary heritage accessible to hu- 

Ukiyoe in the Sweet Briar Art Collection 

John Goulde, associate professor of religion 
and director of Asian studies, and Julia Paris 
'99 crashed the SBC mainframe the first time 
they attempted to transfer these images. The 
downtime was well worth the final result. Presi- 
dent Muhlenfeld applauded both the Ukiyoe 
exhibition and website saying, "Ms. Paris has 
succeeded in more than the fulfillment of an 
academic objective; she has given a gift to the 
entire community that will be enjoyed for years 
to come." 

Oye! World Music Resources 

Lisa Johnston's (associate director/head of ser- 
vices, libraries) interest began in college when 
a friend introduced her to music from Brazil. 
Though the site is still under construction, she 
has already received e-mail from students, 
stores, and record companies around the 
world. Lisa is on sabbatical right now. But 
when she returns, it is full steam ahead into 
Real Audio. 

Sweet Briar Fiddle & Dance Fest! 

Shawn Brenneman, academic technology 
consultant at SBC, created this web poster for 
the College's second annual fiddle and dance 
festival. The artwork of Laura Pharis, associate 
professor of studio art, is featured on the main 
page. The work is representative of what Pro- 
lessor Pharis is up to these days, mixing musi- 
cal instruments with natural settings. 

Sweet College Alumnae Magazine ■ Spring 1999 


New York choreographer/dancer Sarah Skaggs 79 

thought I loved 
dancing betore I 
came here, now I 
love it even 
more," says Sarah 
Herndon '01. 
"I'm doing things 
I honesd-v' did 
not think I would 
ever be able to 
do. I'm growing. 
And I'm not just 
talking about 
technique. At 

Q Sweet Briar you 
live dance: you 
learn the history, 
you write about 
it, you meet incredible guest 
artists, you go to dance festivals, 
you teach it, you critique it, you 
choreograph, you rehearse and 
perform a lot, and it's worth 
every minute you put into it." 

Sarah Herndon, who grew up 
in GordonsviUe, Virginia, discov- 
ered Sweet Briar when New 
York choreographer Sarah 
Skaggs '79 appeared in 

Charlottesville. "It's a funny 
storv," says Herndon, "because I 
couldn't go to the performance 
that night. All my dancer firiends 
came back talking about how 
great it was and they mentioned 
that Sarah went to Sweet Briar. I 
was just starting to think about 
college and thought, mmm, 
maybe I should check it out. So, 
jumping ahead, when I came to 
visit as an accepted applicant. 
Professor Mark Magruder asked 
it anyone had ever seen Sarah 
Skaggs. I shouted out , Yes!, be- 
fore I realized — Oh no! — what 
am I going to say? I never made 
it to that show." 

Sarah Herndon has since met 
Sarah Skaggs. The dance depart- 
ment was one of the first to take 
advantage of the new Sweet 
Briar Fellows-in-Residence Pro- 
gram. The program recendy 
granted Skaggs a residency at the 
Virginia Center for the Creative 
Arts in exchange tor sharing her 
work with students at the Col- 

Skaggs also regularlv invites 
students to intern with her dance 
company in New York. JNIarisha 
Bourgeois '99 worked for Skaggs 
last JanuaPi' Term. 

"Sarah was working on a pro- 
ject that involved a contredanse 
at the end," explains Marisha. 
"She took us up to her rehearsal 
space to run through it and see if 
it wotdd work. It was interesting 
to see how the whole New York 
scene works. Because we were 
with Sarah, we were able to go 
behind the scenes, to showcases 
where performers, managers, and 
agents come together." 

Marisha is teaching dance, 
something all majors do for a 
minimum ot five weeks in local 
pubhc schools as part ot the 
course "Methods of Teaching 
Creative Movement and Dance." 
She did not expect to hke it, but, 
after completing the class re- 
quirement, Marisha started 
teaching in the after-school Cre- 
ative Movement program offered 
at the College. 

"I have the eight-to-uvelve- 
\'ear-old group," savs Marisha. "I 
love the class so much that I 
completely lose track of time. 
One day I thought I was ahead 
ot schedule and I let them out 
twenty minutes late! I'm glad I 
discovered this about myself I 
stiU want to tour with a company 
and ideaUv have mv own some- 
dav But teaching, in addition to 
all that, is a great thing to be able 
to do." 

Protessors EUa and Mark 
Magruder both teel that good 
teaching is vital to the arts, espe- 
ciall\' in dance. Mam' states, in 
response to the Goal 2000: Edu- 
cate America Act, are bringing 
dance into grades K-12. Unfor- 
tunately, not every state has a 
certification system in place for 
all of the arts. 

EUa explains that "Many 
states have certification for music 
and studio art. Some include the- 
atre. Ver\' few have dance. Sweet 
Briar is one of only two schools 
in Virginia that offer certifica- 
tion for dance education." 

Teacher certification is just 
one part ot a dance program 
"that continues to grow in leaps 
and bounds." The Magruders 
brought the innovative dance 
company Pilobolos to campus 
this fall for a workshop, lecture, 
and performance. The fall dance 
concert featured student choreo- 
graphers and special guest artist 
Risa Steinburg. A piece called 
"Coping With" from Marisha 
Bourgeois' senior dance concert 
was performed at The American 
College Dance Festival in 
March. This spring, stage and 
film choreographer Victoria 
Marks and her collaborator, 
composer Dan Hurlin, offered 
master classes through the Sweet 
Briar Fellows-in-Residence Pro- 

In 1997, Mark and EUa per- 
formed at a daCi (Dance and the 
Child International) conference 
in Kuopio, Finland. The presi- 
dent of the U.S. chapter ot daCi, 
Ann Green Gilbert '69, and sev- 
eral other alumnae participate in 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • Spring 1999 

the organization. As one ot their 
assignments, dance majors inter- 
view members ot daCi and share 
their findings with classmates. 
"It's a great way for students to 
network and get career advice." 
says Ella. "Sarah Herndon found 
out that her childhood dance 
teacher and a daCi member were 
best friends. These are exacdy 
the types of connections we want 
students to make — to find their 
way out there in the dance world." 

The Magruders expose stu- 
dents to as many dance personali- 
ties and venues as possible. They 
invited Washington, D.C. -based 
choreographer Liz Lerman to 
Sweet Briar to lecture on the 
multi-generational, site-specific 
dances she produces across the 
country. Another recent guest lec- 
turer, Jac Venza, the esteemed ex- 
ecutive producer ot the PBS series 
had dinner with majors, then pre- 

Marisha Bourgeois '99, back left, with her students: after-school creative 
movement program 

viewed the Paul Taylor dance film 
The Wreckers Ball. 

"We met Jac Venza at a Video 
Da/isz conference in Europe," 
says Mark. "I did some video 
dance work that I was showing 
over there and we just happened 
to run into each other. We in- 
vited Jac here because we are en- 
couraging our students to 
storyboard, shoot, and edit video 
dances. It is a very serious new 
art form that includes the 
American-style documentary'. In 
5 Europe, however, it is evolving as 
s. a dance medium that's brUliant 
and intense. It is immediate — 
not at all like the two- 
dimensional stage setting you 
typically see on television here, 
and much more sophisticated 
than anything you watch on 

"The great power of video," adds 
EUa, "is the ability to reach a 
larger, more varied audience than 
you could get into a theatre at 
night in a metropolitan area. It's 
difficult for older people and 

working people with families to 
get out. If you put dance on tele- 
vision, everyone has access to it. 
We can't predict exacdy where 
dance is going, so we give our 
students every tool we think they 
might need going forward." 

Marisha, who also studied 
video dance at Duke Universit)' 
last summer, included a video in 
her senior dance concert. Sarah 
Herndon is just starting to ex- 
periment. This winter, she chore- 
ographed a piece in her 
hometown church called Stained 
Glass, featuring Sweet Briar 
dancers Amy Sherman '01 and 
Amy Mullen '02. 

"I'm in the editing process 
right now," says Sarah, "along 
with rehearsing for Marisha's 
dance and the faculty piece in 
the American Dance Festival. It's 
work, but we help each other 
out. Sweet Briar isn't cutthroat. 
You can be any shape or size. I 
don't know how else to describe 
it; it's a warm, wonderfiil place." 

Sweet Briar College Alum\ae Magazine • Spring 1999 



Three SBC 

Fine Arts 


El Warner '85 

This past fall, for the first 
time since kindergarten, El 
Warner '85 was not in school. 
Alter graduating from Sweet 
Briar, she earned a Ph.D. in 
English with a specialty in 20 - 
century poetry. She taught tor a 
year at William and Mary before 
assuming a tenure-track position 
at Lafayette College in Pennsyl- 
vania. Though she loved teach- 
ing, writing eventually took 
priority. As El describes it, "It's 
hard to leave a job that guaran- 
tees employment forever. But, in 
my department, I wasn't the 
poet. They were paying someone 
else to do that." 

El is now working for the 
Lautenberg Center, a non-profit 
cancer research organization in 
Manhattan - a city where she 
was spending hall ot her time 
anyway. She is writing, publish- 
ing, reading, and curating read- 
ings. During the past year, her 
poems have appeared in Virginia 
Quarterly Review, Two Rivers 
Review, Tamarind, and Blackwa- 
ter Review. Her chapbook. Civic 
Little Theatre, was published by 
Red Pagoda Press. She was fea- 
tured on the New York public 
television show Poet to Poet and 
writes a regular column for 
Nigbt magazine. 

Her work is forthcoming in 
Medicinal Purposes and Rattapallax. 
A five-minute video clip of El 
reading can be viewed at the on- 
line magazine This Is Art 
<> (select 
"writers", then click on "el 

"One of the main things I 

learned at Sweet Briar was not 
to be afraid to take chances," 
says El. "I was all over the place 
in college and well rewarded for 
it. That experience helped me 
make the decision to change my 
lite a year ago." 

Catherine Zahrn '98 

Sweet Briar presidential 
medalist Catherine Zahrn '98 
went to the University of Hawaii 
to pursue a masters degree in 
dance ethnology. She has since 
changed her mind, enrolling in- 
stead in the M.F.A. program. 

"The ethnology program was 
smaller than 1 had anticipated," 
says Catherine. "I want to per- 
form and eventually teach on the 
university level. The M.F.A. is 
better suited to both." 

The requirements for the 
program include a performance 
much like the senior concert 


Among other dance-related 
activities, Catherine is currendy 
taking Indian dance class, a 
dance ethnolog)' seminar, a hula 
class, and working on a 40- 
minute Japanese modern dance 
piece by guest choreographer 
Kei Takei. 

"Sweet Briar taught me to 
recognize and to take advan- 
tage of opportunities," says 
Catherine. "The Magruders 
always encouraged us to prac- 
tice, perform, pursue intern- 
ships, and attend festivals. If 
important people from the 
dance world were in your 
backyard, you had to go and 
see them. Here, I always at- 
tend lectures by guest artists 
and, frequently, I'm the only 
student in the room. The other 
people are from the commu- 
nity and the newspaper. 

"When I was at Sweet Briar, 

Catherine Zahrn 

Catherine produced at Sweet 
Briar. "Except, in some ways, it's 
going to be easier," she explains, 
"because it's not all me. The 
concert I did last February at 
Sweet Briar was totally my re- 
sponsibility. The choreography, 
the technical crew, the publicity 
- I had to pull the whole show 
together. Here, I wiU be respon- 
sible for a paper plus one 15- 
minute piece in a concert with 
other candidates. Sweet Briar 
prepared me for this. My college 
experience, I'm discovering, was 

I sometimes viewed the close- 
ness and seclusion as a negative. 
Now I'm thankfiil for having 
had those four years of self- 
reflection, in a picturesque 
environment, with such a select 
group of people." 

Melissa McLearen '96 

Melissa McLearen '96 added 
a theatre minor to her degree at 
the last possible minute. She was 
majoring in biology and minor- 
ing in chemistry when, at the 
start of her senior year, she 
"heard theatre calling." 

"I was one of those people," 
says Melissa, "who contemplate 
triple majoring because they 
want to do so many things. I 
worked for Professor Ludwig in 
theatre and studied voice with 
Professor Huszti all four \'ears, 
so adding a theatre minor was 
not as dramatic as it sounds." 

Melissa is now in the last se- 
mester of the M.FA. in Design 
program at the University of 
Virginia. "I came to U. VA with 
less experience," says Melissa. 
"Most of my colleagues had 
been involved in theatre since 
high school or even earlier. But I 
was inteUectuaUv well-prepared 
for the challenge and very' open- 
minded because I knew I had a 
lot to learn." 

This year, Melissa was se- 
lected to participate in the 
USITT Young Designer's 
Forum in Toronto and to enter 
the April 1999 national Ameri- 
can College Theatre Festival 
(ACTF) competition. She was a 
regional winner in lighting de- 
sign and a regional runner-up in 
scenic design at the 
Barbizon/ACTF competition in 
Februarv. She also took second 
place in lighting design at the 
SETC/Strand graduate compe- 

In December, she interned 
with Joan Sullivan at The Wash- 
ington Opera. 

She worked as a repertory 
lighting designer for Heritage 
Reperton' Theatre last summer, 
and worked both as a scenic de- 
signer and assistant scenic de- 
signer for the Berkshire Theatre 
Festival during the summer of 

"The fact that Sweet Briar's 
theatre department is so open 
and inclusive," says Melissa, 
"made it possible for me to dis- 
cover and pursue something I'm 
really interested in; that I really 
love doing. U. VA has taught me 
most of what I know about 
lighting design, which is my 
specialU'. But in scenic design, I 
stUI draw on my experience at 
Sweet Briar." 

Sweet Briar College Allimnjae Magazine • Spring 1999 

enniter Crutcher 
'99 is in the Sweet 
Briar Book Shop 
buying three col- 
lections of short 
stories by contem- 
porar)' authors. 
She is not familiar 
with these writers 
and that's the 
point. "A lot ot 
books I would 
never read in an 
ordinary English 
class, I read in cre- 
ative writing," says 
Jennifer. "Books 
that don't make it 
into creative writ- 
ing, I read on my 
own. It's some- 
thing I've learned 
to do as part of 
this major." 

Majoring in 
creative writing re- 
quires spending 
half of your semes- 
ter hours in the 
English depart- 
ment. It is a pro- 
gram that Jennifer, 
who entered kick- 
ing and screaming, 
now understands 
makes good sense. 
"I begged Professor 
Brown, 'Please, 
please let me de- 
sign my own writ- 
ing major.' He said 
no, I needed the 
literature. Now I 
know that I did. It 
helps tremendously 
to see trends in 
writing evolve. You 
have to know who 
came before you to 
gain a sense of 
where you're 

In the fall, Jennifer served as a 
teaching assistant in the "Fiction 
Workshop." John Gregory 
Brown, associate professor of 
English and director of creative 
writing, advised Jennifer to ac- 
cept the non-credit senior project 


as a wa\' to test her afifmit)' for 
teaching. "It was strange at first, 
but also an honor to have other 
students - writers who intimi- 
date me - bring me their drafts. 
But Professor Brown told me to 
find out now, before graduate 
school, it teaching is something I 
really want to do. And it is. It 
was a wonderfijl opportunity." 

In the late winter, after mail- 
ing applications to several of the 
most competitive M.F.A. pro- 
grams in the country, Jennifer 
should be doing the "senior 
slide." But she is at the Book 
Shop bm'ing more fiction. "The 
workshops," she e.xplains, "make 
you very selt-disciplined. They're 
rigorous; you don't show up if 
you haven't done the work: the 
writing, the reading, the com- 
ments. I'm still on that schedule. 
Even though I don't need to be 
writing and revising this semes- 
ter, I am. And when I mn into 
trouble, I read." 

Part of the "trouble" Jennifer 
is experiencing comes with the 
M.F.A. application process - the 
waiting-to-hear-back slump fol- 
lowing the high ot completing all 
those graduate-school forms. 
Not to worry. By March, the ac- 
ceptance letters wiU begin to roU 
in for Jennifer and for a whole 
handtiil of other creative writing 
majors as well. The good news 
wiU come as no surprise. This is 
what the College has come to 
expect from both Browns, John 
Gregory and Carrie. 

This academic year, Carrie, 
assistant professor of English and 
creative writing, taught sections 
of advanced fiction at Sweet 
Briar while John worked on his 
novel The hiventor's Mistress. 
John was recendy awarded a 
Howard Foundation Fellowship 
for this, his third book. His first 
novel. Decorations in a Ruined 
Cemetery, received the 1994 
Lillian Smith Award, the Lynd- 
hurst Prize, and the 1996 Stein- 
beck Award. His second novel. 
The Wrecked Blessed Body of 
Shelton LaFleur, was published in 
1997 by Houghton Mifflin. The 

publisher has since made John an 
editor-at-large, a position he 
hopes wiU give him greater in- 
sight into the other side of pub- 
lishing. He is also reviewing 
books for the Chicago Tribune. 

Carrie was recendy awarded a 
Virginia Commission of the Arts 
grant to work on her third novel, 
which is set in Virginia. She has 
already started touring with her 
hot-off-the-press second novel. 
Lamb in Love. In February 1999, 
she was named the winner of the 
1998 Barnes & Noble "Discover 
Great New Writers Award" for 
her first novel, Rose's Garden. All 
of Carrie's novels (written during 
her five years at Sweet Briar, 
with three children to care for, 
while pursuing a master's degree 
at the University of Virginia) 
have been or will be published by 
Algonquin Books of Chapel 

"Writers are very solitary," 
says Carrie. "Living in Sanctuary 
Cottage, on Sanctuary Road, in 
the middle of a nature sanctuary, 
in the middle of a 3,000-acre 
campus is exacdy what the doc- 
tor ordered. I can't speak for the 
students here. Eighteen-year- 
olds are temperamentally in- 
clined toward more social 
pursuits. But for certain people - 
students and adults - the isola- 
tion Sweet Briar offers is ex- 
tremely valuable, really 

"All my friends are artsy," says 
Julie Harju '99. "The number of 
creative writing majors is grow- 
ing. And I think part of it is hav- 
ing professors who are excelling 
in their fields. Not that they sit 
in class and talk about their 
books, they don't. We get all the 

Julie, a double English/cre- 
ative writing and Italian major, is 
currendy taking advanced poetry 
workshops with Banister Writer- 
in-Residence, Reetika Vazirani. 

"Professor Vazirani is impas- 
sioned," observ'es Julie. "One 
thing about our writing depart- 
ment, and it comes across very 
clearly in Vazirani's classes, is 

that the professors want you to 
know that you can write. They 
give you a good base, an in- 
depth exposure to other writers 
and styles of writing. You hang 
onto those coattaUs and then, 
one day, you let go." 

Reetika Vazirani received the 
Barnard New Women Poets 
Prize in 1995 for White 
Elephants, a collection of poems 

John Gregory and Carrie Brown 

published by Beacon Press. Her 
work has appeared in The Paris 
Review, Partisan Review, Tri- 
Quarterly, The American Voice, 
The Nation, and the Southern Re- 
view. She serves as an advisor 
editor for Shenandoah and was 
one of two Virginia writers se- 
lected to take part in the 1998 
Writers Exchange sponsored by 
Poets & Writers, Inc. 

Vazirani, who holds an 
M.F.A. from the University of 
Virginia, did not study creative 
writing in college. "It always 
seemed like a kucury course," she 
explains. "Creative writing was 
not a class you took if you were 
anxious about your career - espe- 
cially a career in medicine or en- 
gineering." She was working as a 
translator for a bank in Washing- 
ton, D.C. when she discovered 
poetry on her own "and decided 
to make it my job." 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Macazinje ■ Spri\o 1999 

In addition to teaching, 
Vazirani engages in outreach 
projects, attempting to invite all 
students into the world of poetr)'. 
"I haven't been a hermit here. 
I've been hawng dinner with stu- 
dents, visiting other classes, and 
leaving mv office door open to 
any student who wants to show 
me her poems." Vazirani also has 
her workshop students involved 
"bringing poetry' more into the 
public. Students select poems 
and slip them into frames on the 
tables in the dining hall. The}' 
put poems all around campus: in 
the dorms, in the elevators, and 
in the rest rooms." 

"I never," says Carrie Brown, 
"had the kind of exposure to 
working artists - dancers, musi- 

cians, novelists, and poets - that 
students have here. And if col- 
lege is as much about learning to 
grow up as it is about getting an 
education, you could not order 
up a better place. Sweet Briar 
students know their professors. 
They're in tacult}' homes. They 
meet professors' children. They 
see how creativity coexists with 
putting gas in the car and dinner 
on the table." 

Five years ago, when John 
Gregory' Brown arrived to take 
the Julia Jackson Nichols Chair 
of English and Creative Writing, 
the department had four writing 
majors. There are now 23. The 
workshops are nearlv alwavs fiill. 
B\ student request. Bill Kershner, 
professor of theatre arts, who has 

ne\'er had the opportunity to 
teach plavwriting at Sweet Briar, 
is being pressed into ser\'ice. 

The 1998-1999 Writers Se- 
ries included readings and work- 
shops bv Richard Bausch, George 
Garret, Phillip Graham, TR. 
Hummer, Jill iMcCorkle, R.T 
Smith, and Michael Walters. 
Next year's series will feature an 
international lineup. 

"I insist," says John, "that stu- 
dents pay attention to the work 
thev read in books, their class- 
mates' work, and their own work. 
That level of engagement pro- 
duces a response - an enthusiasm 
- that becomes palpable. It's fun. 
It's great fiin. I love teaching. In 
addition to writing, it feels like 
what I was born to do." 

Reetika \a21ran1 

Film Studies Minor 

"If you are going to select one filmmaker to provide a basic in- 
troduction to Anglo-American cinema," says Professor Lee Piepho, 
"Alfi-ed Hitchcock is the one to go with. His influence is ubiqui- 
tous. A student who is 'literate' in the extended sense of the word 
ought to know something about him. This may sound a bit ex- 
treme, but Hitchcock is to film what Shakespeare is to literature. 
And he would love to hear me say that, egomaniac that he was." 

Professor Piepho has developed a Hitchcock course for the 
English department's "Topics in Film Studies," an exploration of a 
specific area in film theory' or film history. 

While foundational courses for the film studies minor reside in 
the English department, additional offerings are dispersed through- 
out the curriculum in courses like "Visual Anthropolog}'," "French 
Cinema," "Field Natural Histor)'," "Religion and the Fine Arts," and 
"Images and ReaUty in the Italian Cinema." These regular courses 
are supplemented with honors seminars such as "Hong Kong FUm 
in History" or "Feminist Approaches to Visual Culture." 

Discussing the film studies minor in the context of the liberal 
arts, Greta Niu, honors fellow and visiting assistant professor of 
English, notes that "Once upon a time, people did not study Eng- 
lish literature; they only studied Greek and Latin classics. This is 
one of those moments when things are changing. Given the place 
of moving images in our culture, understanding wsual media is cru- 

In recent years, film studies students have had the opportunity 
to meet with working professionals in the industry. Topping the list 
are luminaries Uke Hainpray and Serial Mom writer/director John 
Waters, Silence of the Lambs and Beloved 'proinctr Ron Bozman, 
Thelma and Louise and Mighty joe Yoww^ writer/producer Callie 
Khouri, and Lost in Space and Krippendorfs Tribe composer Bruce 

Sweet Briar has also been hosting a stop on the Southern Cir- 
cuit Film Series which brings independent filmmakers to nine 
southern campuses including Duke, UNC-Chapel HiU, and the 
Universit)' of Virginia. These visiting artists screen and discuss their 
work with the community, and meet with students in the film 
studies program. 

"Our experience with the Southern Circuit," says Professor 
Piepho, "is confirming something Bruce Broughton pointed out 
when he was here. He said it's striking how many women are en- 
tering the industr}' as directors and producers, not just as actresses 
anymore. As both a composer and a governor of the Acadamv of 
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Broughton is certainly in a posi- 
tion to see these shifts as they're taking place." 

In the classroom. Professor Piepho is impressed with the way 
women film critics and theorists are altering time-honored impres- 
sions of Hitchcock's legacy. "I thought," he says, "after 100 years the 
dust would be settled on Hitchcock's career; that it would be im- 
possible to radically shake the picture at this point. This is not the 
case at all. In the last two decades, critical evaluations like Tarda 
Modleski's The Women Who Knew Too Much : Hitchcock and Feminist 
Theory are changing the way' these films are \'iewed. Everything 
Modleski discusses is clearly there - it just took a woman to see it." 

Lee Piepho 


Sweet Briar College Alumnjae Magazine • Sprivjg 1999 



lien Huszti, pro- 
fessor of music, ar- 
rived at Sweet 
Briar in the fall of 
il972. The depart- 
ment has gone 
through mam- 
changes since 
then, but Profes- 
sor Huszti says he 
^^^ "can never re- 
member this 
much vitality." 
"There were 
times," he contin- 
ues, "when stu- 
dent interest and 
talent in the theoretical and his- 
torical aspects peaked over per- 
formance. Then the reverse 
would happen and we would re- 
spond with an emphasis on ap- 
plied music. Now we are seeing a 
wonderflil combination of both. 
To have this happen in the twi- 
light ot my career is so satisfy- 

Nikki Lamm '00, a music 
major and math minor, is a good 
example of the multi-faceted sm- 
dent Professor Huszti is talking 
about. In an honors variant of 
Renaissance music history, Nikki 
transcribed a manuscript into 
modern notation. "The hard 
part," explains Professor Huszti, 
"is to get the text under the right 
notes. You have to read the trea- 
tises and know the rules to do it 
well. Nikki did an excellent job. 
And this is a smdent who also 
excels on the performance side as 
a vocalist." 

In the spring semester of 
Nikki's sophomore year, Profes- 
sor Huszti arranged for her to 
audition with the Roanoke 
Opera. Not only was she invited 
to sing in the chorus of / Pagli- 
acci, she requested and received a 
summer internship with the 
non-profit organization. This 
fall, she was hired again to sing 
in the chorus of La Boheme, a 
commute made easier by the fact 
that Professor Huszti was also 
performing, double-cast as the 
landlord and wealthy Alcindoro. 
"It was tough," says Nikki. "I 

had to make sure I was ahead of 
my studies, though the two tied 
together somewhat. I was work- 
ing on an aria from La Boheme - 
one that Mimi sings - for a com- 
petition. Seeing it performed 
live, being able to smdy the emo- 
tions and mannerisms of a pro- 
fessional really helped. And the 
opportunity to see Professor 
Huszti, to see how he goes 
through changes with his charac- 
ter as the opera progresses - It 
was so impressive. I'm so proud 
that I'm smdying with him." 

In addition to seeking off- 
campus performance opportuni- 
ties for students, the music 
department's on-campus offer- 
ings have expanded to include a 
25-piece orchestra, a 52-member 
concert choir, and a fiiU range of 
private instruction. Rebecca Mc- 
Nutt, professor of music, is over- 
seeing the new Janet Lowry 
Gager Community Concert se- 
ries in addition to the Chamber 
Music Series. Professor Huszti is 
teaching Alexander Technique 
not just in music, but to dancers, 
actors, and athletes as well. 

Jonathan Green, associate 
professor of music, attributes the 
"explosion in orchestra and 
choir" to the difficulty of the 
music. "You have to make it re- 
warding," says Professor Green. 
"The choir was performing the 
last work written bv Pergolesi, an 
earlv Baroque composer who 
died at the age of twenty-six. At 
the second rehearsal, new stu- 
dents appeared. One student 
brought three of her friends in to 
join. The music was so beautifiil, 
she didn't want them to miss the 
opportunity. Good music, per- 
formed well, is the best recruit- 
ing tool." 

Professor Green also points to 
the professionalism of his col- 
leagues as another reason why 
majors and non-majors are 
drawn to the department. 
"Across the board," he says, 
"everyone I work with is active 
outside of the classroom. They 
are teaching musicians." And the 
same holds true for Professor 

La Boheme: Allen Huszti (seated), Nikki Lamm '00 in background 

Green, who recendy completed 
five commissions, one of which 
was premiered and recorded at 
his undergraduate alma mater, 
SUNY Fr'edonia. 

Professor McNutt is currendy 
on sabbatical leave. She is the re- 
cipient of a Sweet Briar Faculty 
Fellowship and was named the 
first-ever Post-Doctorate Fellow 
at the Eastman School of Music 
in Rochester, New York. The 
Eastman residency is enabling 
her to practice technical skills, 
artistry, and musicianship, culmi- 
nating in a Kilbourne Hall 
recital. Her 1998-99 perfor- 
mance season also includes solo 
and duo piano recitals, chamber 
music concerts, and master 
classes in Dublin, Budapest, 
Paris, Turin, Richmond, Norfolk, 
New York City, Los Angeles, 
Spokane, Oklahoma City, and 

Sweet Briar. 

As her sabbatical work 
demonstrates. Professor McNutt 
has "not abandoned the classical 
performance ship," though her 
recent forays into music technol- 
ogy "have been absolutely ter- 
rific." In 1998, she used MIDI 
(Musical Instrument Digital In- 
terface) to completely orchestrate 
the score for The Sound of Music, 
which she was directing at the 
Lynchburg Fine Arts Center. 
"Our students, " says Professor 
McNutt, "may find themselves in 
communities or organizations 
that cannot afford large pit or- 
chestras. This technology has 
now advanced to the point where 
conductors can easUy follow the 
tempo of live performers." 

Professor McNutt has been 
authoring textual analyses and 
programming Hypertext for 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine ■ Spring 1999 

Jonathan Green, associate professor of music, directs the Choir in rehearsal. 

CD/ROM programs on musical 
works ranging from the Middle 
Ages to the 20'-'^ centur)-. Her 
programs are placed on the Col- 
lege's mainframe. To use them, 
students simply place a CD in 
their computers and access the 
Hvpercard fde tor the piece they 
want to hear. As they listen, Pro- 
fessor McNutt's text appears, 
telling them more about the 
composer, the genre, and the 
form - plus very specific com- 
ments about orchestration dy- 
namics and texmre. 

One of Professor McNutt's 
CD/ROM programs titled 
"Shakespeare and Music" will be 
used in a faU 1999 interdiscipli- 
nary seminar she is co-teaching 
with Professor Karl Tamburr. 
The program incorporates musi- 
cal works based on Shake- 
spearean plays, including pieces 
by Britten, Tchaikovsk)', 
Prokofiev, Mendelssohn, Berlioz, 
and Verdi. 

No wonder Melissa Henning 
'99 changed her mind. Though 

she was an all-state and all-East 
vocalist in high school, she came 
to Sweet Briar determined not to 
major in music. She took theor\' 
the first semester of her fresh- 
man year. The next semester she 
found herself in an independent 
study in jazz piano and voice 
with Professor McNutt. She 
joined the choir. Then, when 
Professor Green arrived her sec- 
ond year, she joined an advanced 
ensemble within the choir. She 
took voice lessons with Professor 
Huszti, and played flute in the 
orchestra. She continued to take 
theory and music history. She 
studied Schubert during one Jan- 
uar\' Term, big band jazz in an- 
other. And somewhere along the 
line she declared music as her 

Melissa is currently concen- 
trating on music history, organ 
lessons, and conducting. Though 
she is president of the Student 
Government Association at 
Sweet Briar, Melissa has experi- 
enced some anxiety directing her 

classmates. "My conducting 
lessons with Professor Green are 
invaluable; he's just phenomenal. 
He's allowing me to conduct the 
choir. 1 did a piece at Christmas 
Vespers this year. It's challenging, 
embarrassing, intimidating - 
e\'erv' emotion \'ou can think of 
They are ven' patient with me." 

Within the realm of require- 
ments, Melissa "sculpted a music 
major" suited to her talents and 
goals. She also carried her inter- 
ests into an internship. First, she 
took a January Term arts man- 
agement course with Rebecca 
Massie Lane. Then, she went to 
Adanta in the Oh'mpic summer 
of 1996, working as a paid intern 
at the High Museum, and as a 
\'olunteer for the Adanta Sym- 
phony Orchestra. 

"It was an incredible sum- 
mer," recalls Melissa. "There was 
so much going on. The s\'m- 
phony allowed me to host press 
e\'ents. The High Museum put 
me in charge of organizing VIP 
services, showing diplomats 

around and taking care of their 

In her internships and in her 
job as president ot student gov- 
ernment, Melissa regularly draws 
on the skills she acquired in 
music. "People don't realize how 
much is involved in being a mu- 
sician. You have to spend a lot of 
time anal}'zing a piece before you 
can perform it \'our own way. 
You have to listen carefidly to 
other people. And often you 
have to lead the musicians 
around a'ou while listening to 
them at the same time. Writing 
about music is an exercise in re- 
searching and interpreting infor- 
mation, critiquing work, and 
developing an opinion. These are 
skills I use a lot - especially 
when I'm navigating between the 
administration and the students, 
tr\'ing to represent both sides 
fairh' and accurately." 


Sv\'EET Briar College Alumnae Magazine • Spring 1999 


Debra Neal, visit- 
ing assistant pro- 
fessor of theatre 
arts, says that 
"The fine arts in 
general are a 
medium for self- 
knowledge." To 
illustrate, Profes- 
■^^^/ sor Neal holds up 
L^^ a blank sheet of 
^^^01 white paper. 
I^^T^ "This," she says, 

^^^J "is a problem. To 
solve it, you have 
to do something 
with it. Students 
who dance, sing 
in the choir, pick 
up a brush, get up 
on the stage — at 
least they know 
where to start. 
They're develop- 
ing the skills nec- 
_ , T essary to solve 
1^ I complex prob- 

^^■^^^ lems, and they're 
i^M learning more 

about themselves in the process." 
Perhaps — thinking of what 
Professor Neal has said - perhaps 
that is what Mary "Gwen" Wray 
'01 means when she sa}'s, "I have 
been sucked into the theatre vor- 
tex and there is no getting out." 

As a high school student, 
Gwen happened to see the Col- 
lege listed in a brief book-flap 
biography of Pulitzer Prize- 
winning poet Mary Oliver, a for- 
mer Sweet Briar Banister 
Writer-in-Residence. Originally, 
Gwen thought she would major 
in English/creative writing. But 
now, ever since taking "Acting I" 
the first semester of her fresh- 
man year, she is going to double 

"Babcock gets hold of you," 
says Gwen. "and she doesn't let 
go." Working as a technical assis- 
tant and stage manager for Bab- 
cock Season events - not to 
mention theatre arts and dance 
productions — demands much 
ot Gwen's time outside of class. 
"It never stops, but I'm not com- 
plaining. Stage managing puts 

me in the center of the action. I 
met Carl Berstein and Julian 
Bond. I sprinted across campus 
to get ice tongs for Maya An- 
gelou. I worked with Mixed 
Company, a group of visiting 
artists who did a minimalist, 
African, two-person play — a re- 
ally sweet show — called Valley 

The theatre arts department 
produces three major productions 
ever)' year. This fall, Stephen 
Sondheim's musical Into the 
Woods required the participation 
of no less than 50 students. "It 
was a massive project," sa\'s Bill 
Kershner, professor of theatre 
arts. "We hired a musical director 
who worked with students both 
onstage and in the orchestra. We 
used to produce a musical every 
four years. Now, because we have 
a musical theatre minor, we offer 
a musical every other year - op- 
posite Lynchburg College. 
Through a direct connection be- 
tween our departments, students 
can audition at both schools." 

Choreographer Loretta 
Wittman, assistant professor of 
theatre arts, teaches musical the- 
atre at Sweet Briar and Lynch- 
burg College. The connection 
has allowed students like Sarah 
Kingsley '99 to participate in the 
musicals Fiddler on the Roof 
(SBC), Dames at Sea (LC), and 
Into the Woods (SBC). 

'^Dames at Sea," says Sarah, "is 
about a chorus girl getting her 
big break when the lead gets 
sick. Ironically, because one of 
the dancers was injured in prac- 
tice, I was able to join the open- 
ing tap number. Thank God for 
understudies! " 

Sarah, who has 10 years of 
dance experience, is studying 
choreography with Professor 
Wittman. And, in addition to 
taking classes and performing, 
she is helping students at 
Amherst County High School 
with their production of You're A 
Good Man, Charlie Brown. 

The department's musical 
theatre minor is not the only 
new show in town. Max Graeber, 

adjunct professor of speech, has 
just expanded his course offer- 
ings to a total of five: Public 
Speaking, Interpersonal Com- 
munication, Business and Profes- 
sional Speaking, Group and 
Organizational Communication, 
and Forensics. A former profes- 
sor of speech communication 
and dean of the universit\- college 
at the Universitv- of Richmond, 
Professor Graeber has worked 
with numerous CEOs and 
politicians, including John 
Warner, Paul Trible, and John 

"The response has been unbe- 
lievable," says Professor Graeber. 
"The business and professional 
world is demanding more speech 
communication skills. Sweet 
Briar students know this - en- 
rollment is high — and so we're 

adding courses to meet the de- 

Professor Kershner is now 
teaching planvriting. "I taught it 
before at other institutions," he 
says. "Now, because John Gre- 
gor)' Brown has built interest in 
creative writing, we have many 
capable students who want to 
study plawriting as well. I'm 
going to take some of the scenes 
from the "Plawriting" course 
into my acting classes next year, 
which will be fun for both sets of 
students to work with." 

Frank Ludwig, associate pro- 
fessor and technical director in 
theatre arts, is on sabbatical 
leave. He is on the road, working 
with theatres in the Southeast 
and expanding his contacts to 
benefit his students. 

"I have an interest," savs Pro- 

Mary "Gwen" Wray '01 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine ■ Spring 1999 


From A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. Produced by tine SBC 
Theatre Arts Department in spring, 1994. 

From The Art oi Dining by Tina Howe. Produced by tlie SBC TluMtie Aii> 
Department in spring, 1995. 

tessor Ludwig, "in preparing stu- 
dents for professional work and 
graduate school. To do that, I 
need to maintain strong connec- 
tions and working relationships 
with regional organizations and 
programs. I'm always looking tor 
quality internship opportunities. 
And, too, I want to design sets 
for other theatres to sharpen mv 
own skills." 

In addition to working tor re- 
gional and universit\' theatres. 
Professor Ludwig has been de- 
signing scenery for the Virginia 
School of the Arts, "which is 
nice," he says, "because it gives 
me the chance to work with tal- 
ented high school students and 
get them thinking about Sweet 
Briar as a possibility." He is also 
serving on a panel for the United 
States Instimte of Theatre Tech- 
nology, helping to coordinate 
student portfolio reviews and 
reviewing the teaching of 
director/designer communications. 

Professor Ludwig is inter- 
ested in computer applications 
for technical theatre, in fact, he 
teaches a course by that name at 
Sweet Briar. "Everyday," says 
Professor Ludwig, "I approach 
theatre more as an artist. But I 
have never lost interest in the an- 
alytical and drafting side of de- 
sign. I use the computer as a tool 
both to explore design possibili- 
ties and to present my ideas to a 
director. For example, when I did 
Hamlet for the Barter Theatre in 
Abington, Virginia, I created 
virtual-reality models of the sets 
and animated the scene change 

KeUi Rogowski '99 studied 
computer applications with Pro- 
fessor Ludwig last vear. "We 
worked with miniCAD, 
designing two-dimensional 
architectural-Upe sets," explains 
Kelli. "We imported those 
projects into Stratavision, which 
made the sets more three- 
dimensional and allowed us to 
applv lights and texture. Finally, 
we imported the sets into Adobe 
Photoshop to apply more artistic 
touches. It was challenging but 
necessary. A classical arts back- 
ground never hurts anyone, but 
there are more job opportunities 
for graduates with computer ex- 

Kelli, who is majoring in art 
studio and minoring in dieatre, 
win be merging both disciplines 
in the spring production of 
Bertolt Brecht's The Good Woman 
ofSetzuan. As she describes it : 
"I'm the water seller — a swindler, 
really — ^who serves as the narra- 
tor and as the liaison between 
the gods and the main character, 
Shen Te. The set consists of 
huge rolls of paper and I'm going 
to come out and paint the 
scenery on stage during the per- 

"It's a relatively simple set," 
says Mary "Gwen" Wray. "And 
rehearsals are going great." She is 
ready to tackle The Good Woman 
ofSetzuan — especially now, 
after spending spring break in 
New York City - the center of 
the theatre vortex — ^where she 
managed to take in five shows: 
Killer Joe, Cabaret, Night Must 
Fall, Electra, and The Lion King. 


Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • Spring 1999 


Sweet Briar College 

Art Gallery: Seeing 

What We Mean 

The themes and contents 
van', but student exhibitions at 
Pannell and other galleries across 
campus consistendy illustrate 
what we mean b\' the phrase "a 
Sweet Briar education." 

Advanced students in the arts 
and humanities are pursuing in- 
tensive, multi-disciplinar\' cura- 
torial projects. Their efforts, 
supported b\' Honors Summer 
Research Fellowships, demon- 
strate the value of Sweet Briar's 
experiential approach to teach- 

Researching her ground- 
breaking exhibit, "Visions of the 
Apocalpse: The Work ot M\Ttice 
West and the Reverend 
McKendree Long," required 
Stacey Sharpes '98 to spend sev- 
eral weeks in Baltimore at the 
American Visional Art Mu- 
seum. Working with art history 
professor Diane Moran and arts 
management director Rebecca 
Massie Lane, Stacev introduced 

tvvo privately-collected visionary 
or "outsider" artists to the Sweet 
Briar communirv'. Student pro- 
jects like this, which include 
galler\' talks and beautifUlv- 
worded catalogs, remain on dis- 
play tor several months. 

Many student exhibitions 
draw on Sweet Briar's own ex- 
tensive collections. These pro- 
jects are frequenth' integrated 
into the curriculum and used 
continually by the community'. 

In 1996, Karla Faulconer "00 
gathered, researched, and orga- 
nized the CoOege's antiquities: 
coins, utensils, vases, pitchers, 
lamps, and sculpture. Her exhibi- 
tion, ''Akalypta: Bringing To- 
gether a Classical Collection," is 
serving not only the classical 
studies and art history depart- 
ments at Sweet Briar, it is seen 
each fall by ever)' third-grader in 
the surrounding Nelson and 
Amherst Countv schools. 

The third-grade tour, led by 

Sweet Briar student docents, fo- 
cuses on Virginia Standards of 
Learning Objectives for classical 
Greek and Roman civilizations. 
The children begin by touring 
the ancient, ever\-dav objects in 
the Akalypta collection. Next, 
using materials created by Mary 
Lee Martin '98, they head out- 
doors on an architectural treasure 
hunt, identifying the classical el- 
ements of the College's Georgian 
buildings. Their day ends with an 
"Odyssey Game" in the dell. 

Sharing the College's collec- 
tions with the outside world is 
also taking place through the in- 
ternet. Working with Asian 
Studies professor John Goulde, 
Julia Paris '99 designed an exhi- 
bition, a print catalog, and a 
website tor "Ukiyoe in the Sweet 
Briar Collection: Representations 
ot Women." 

The idea began when Profes- 
sor Goulde took his art survey 
students into the College 
archives. There, Rebecca Massie 
Lane displayed 18*-19* century- 
Japanese ukiyoe or "floating 
world" woodblock prints by well- 
known artists, including Hi- 
roshige, Hokusai, and LJtamoro. 

"The students were not ask- 
ing about artists and dates," says 
Julia. "They wanted to know 
what the women were doing, 

Karla Faukoner '00 

Kitagavva Utamaro ijapanese, 1 750- 
1 806), 7/ie frozen Dipper/Ladies at a 
Garden Pool, c. 1800, 20 5/8" x 9", 
Gift of Ruth W. Smith 

what thev were wearing, why 
they were pictured in particular 
settings — and dozens of other 
questions about Japanese tradi- 
tions, symbols, and the role of 
women. I started thinking: It's a 
shame that no one else sees these 
prints. Why don't we exhibit 
them and explain all these de- 

Professor Goulde answered 
Julia's questions by encouraging 
her to applv for an Honors Fel- 
lowship. Together, they pho- 
tographed and digitized the 
prints, building a database ot im- 
ages which enabled them to col- 
laborate electronically. The 
experience — especially the fact 
that the digital images would not 
fade like slides — inspired Profes- 
sor Goulde to keep on scanning. 

"Julia's project consisted ot 
only 108 images," says Professor 
Goulde. "I'm now in the process 
of digitizing 600 Chinese slides 

Sweet Briar College Alum\-\e Mag,\zi\e • Sprinjc 1999 


Emily Poore '99 

in preparation for a course I'm 
teaching in 2000. I'm also work- 
ing on a recent alumna gift, the 
Irene Vongehr Vincent '40 col- 
lection. She and her husband 
lived in China until they were 
expelled after the Cultural Revo- 
lution. Irene gathered a lot of 
ephemera: propaganda pam- 
phlets, records, journals, art- 
works, and Taoist talismans. So 
far, I have managed to digitize 
her slide collection and also — the 
items I'm most interested in — 
the talismans." 

Those who go looking often 
fmd tremendous resources un- 
derfoot right here at the College. 
In 1985, students in Professor 

Claudia Chang's "Anthropologi- 
cal Archaeology" course exca- 
\'ated artifacts throvrei away b\' 
Sweet Briar residents in the 
1910s and 1920s. The broken 
bits ot unwashed potter}', glass, 
and metal they collected sat in 
50 paper bags in the archaeology- 
lab until 1998. Today thanks to 
the efforts of Emily Poore '99, 
the objects are on display in 
"Trash or Treasure? The Archae- 
ology' ot Sweet Briar College's 
Early Days." 

"I'm interested in historic 
preservation," says EmUy. "It was 
a crunch pulling the exhibit to- 
gether. The washing alone took 
two-and-a-hall weeks. But it was 

an incredible experience. I found 
myself daydreaming about the 
students who were here before 
me, imagining what their lives 
were like in the 1920s. Every- 
thing — the land, the buUdings, 
the classes - were different then. 
Some people enjoy historical lit- 
erature. I prefer the actual places 
and objects. It started when I 
helped with the Akalypta exhibit. 
To hold something over 2,000 
years old is — I can't explain it — 
but I decided it was something I 
wanted to continue to do profes- 

In response to the interest of 
students like Emily, Rebecca 
Massie Lane and anthropology 

professor Amber Moncure are 
offering a summer course called 
"From Pasture to Pedestal: Un- 
derstanding and Interpreting the 
Past Through Archaeology and 
Museums." The course unites 
anthropology and arts manage- 
ment "through an emphasis on 
the material culture of the 
United States and of African- 

"Formal art," says Professor 
Moncure, "is a part of material 
culture. But to me every object 
— from a plastic pen, to a glass 
bottle, to a clearly decorative ob- 
ject — is artistic in its own way. It 
was created for a reason and it 
tells a cultural story-. Sweet Briar 
has always supported interdisci- 
plinary studies. Now, with the 
new General Education Program 
in place, that support is spelled 
out in no uncertain terms. And 
we're seeing the results in the 
representation of art on campus." 

"Traditionally," explains 
Rebecca Massie Lane, "we pre- 
sented exhibits that were related 
to teaching. Today, the galleries 
are integrated into the curricu- 
lum, giving students opportuni- 
ties to synthesize their 
educations and create culminat- 
ing experiences, presentations to 
the communitv' that have lasting 
value to Sweet Briar." 

In her position as director of 
college galleries and arts man- 
agement. Lane oversees 12 exhi- 
bitions in three galleries each 
year, offers four arts management 
courses, and serves as the board 
liaison for Sweet Briar's Friends 
of Art — a group that provides 
the only source of hinds for new 
artwork for the College. A com- 
bination of work-study assistants, 
arts management students, do- 
cents, and other volunteers get 
plenr\' of hands-on experience 
helping her with installations 
and public relations. 

"We encourage off-campus 
internships," says Lane. "Though 
more and more the College itself 
is becoming a wonderhill)' in- 
structive 'laboratory' for behind- 
the-scenes arts experiences." 


Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazinje ■ Spring 1999 

VCCA Partnership: 

The Sweet Briar Feiiows' 

in'Residence Program 

By Mary Molyneux Abrams '86 

In the mid-1970s, BUI Smart, 
professor of English emeritus, 
and Harold B. Whiteman, Jr., 
former president ot Sweet Briar 
College, set out to enrich the ed- 
ucational experience at Sweet 
Briar by establishing an artists' 
colony just a mile down the road 
on the College-owned Mt. San 
Angelo estate. 

To this day, the Virginia 
Center for the Creative Arts re- 
mains the only artists' colony in 
the country with direct connec- 
tions to a college or universit)'. 

Though e.xchanges between 
the VCCA and Sweet Briar have 
always taken place, two women 
are working to strengthen the 
partnership. Sweet Briar presi- 
dent Elisabeth S. Muhlenfeld 
and VCCA executive director 
Charlene "Suny" Monk are lead- 
ing an effort to honor traditional 
ties whUe broadening the rela- 
tionship between their institu- 

"President Muhlenfeld," says 
Monk, "is so interested, and 
thoughtful, and knowledgeable 
about the need for a place like 
the VCCA. Being a writer her- 
self, and a mom, with a demand- 
ing job, she appreciates the 
solitude and nurturing we offer 
our residents. She is committed 
to enhancing the VCCA's posi- 
tion in the Sweet Briar commu- 

nirv', while being sensitive to our 
mission as an isolated retreat for 

When Suny Monk arrived in 
September 1997, the CoUege had 
just established the Sweet Briar 
Fellows-in-Residence program. 
Each academic year, the SBC 
Fellows program provides resi- 
dencies tor several artists who, in 
turn, contribute to the College's 
academic program. Participating 
artists are contacted by and work 
with the College faculty to pre- 
pare lectures or workshops that 
complement the curriculum. 

Outside of the SBC Fellows 
program, manv VCCA artists 
volunteer to participate in acade- 
mic life. Interested residents sub- 
mit ideas for presentations which 
are circulated among Sweet 
Briar's fine arts facult}'. Then too, 
artists, tacultv, and students often 
meet informally, through co-cur- 
ricular activities and the sharing 
ot campus facilities. 

"We can't possibly keep track 
of all the interactions," says 
Monk. "For example, studio art 
professor Laura Pharis gener- 
ously allowed a 60-year-old 
Israeli artist to use the printmak- 
ing studio. The woman has Lived 
through so much and it translates 
into her paintings, which are all 
about boundaries. She's been 
having great conversations with 

students while she works. And 
they've been delighted with the 
whole experience. But how do 
you categorize these natural, un- 
predictable, after-hours types of 
learning experiences?" 

Even formal exchanges have 
a way of evolving into adventures 
for students. Last fall, dance pro- 
fessors EUa and Mark Magruder 
took composer Joelle Wallach up 
on her offer to speak to a chore- 
ography class. Wallach, who was 
nominated for a 1997 Pulitzer 
Prize in Music, had received 
commissions from the Pittsburgh 
Ballet and the JuiUiard School. 
"One of our students, Ruth 
Huffman, is interested in both 
music and dance," says EUa. 
"Wallach invited Ruth over to 
the VCCA to listen to other 
compositions and talk more 
about her work." 

Sweet Briar's relationship with 
the artists' colony also benefits 
professors. Jonathan Green, asso- 
ciate professor ot music, appUed 
to the VCCA to work on an 
opera. During his residency, he 
met RandaU Eng, a composer 
who writes primarUy for theatre. 
"The genre Eng works in," says 
Green, "is surprisingly technical. 
In the process of talking shop, I 
realized it would be great to have 
him meet with music and play- 
writing classes." Professor Green 
has since arranged for Eng to 
come back to the VCCA as a 
Sweet Briar FeUow-in-Residence. 

In October 1997, poet Janet 
Sylvester arrived as the first 
VCCA resident to be fiiUv sup- 
ported b}' the CoUege. Since 
then, SBC FeUows have included 

composer Donna KeUy Eastman, 
choreographer Sarah Skaggs '79, 
poet Laurel Blossom, visual artist 
Robert Strini, choreographer Ron 
Brown, choreographer Victoria 
Marks, and composer Ron 

This year, the Sweet Briar arts 
management program sponsored 
artist/ writer NeUl Bogan, who 
was completing a multimedia 
project on the history of Amherst 
County, the Sweet Briar planta- 
tion, and the Mt. San Angelo 

One component of Bogan's 
project was displayed in the 
Benedict Galley. The e.xliibition 
"Stage Road: Amherst to Cool- 
weU" used text, music, film, and 
documentary material to e.xplore 
historical connections among 
local white, black, and Monocan 
Indian communities. Bogan met 
with students and faculty in arts 
management, anthropology, art 
studio, art history, and film stud- 
ies in the process of creating the 

"It aU flows together," says ex- 
ecutive director Suny Monk. 
"There is a lot of good faith be- 
tween us. OriginaUy, I pictured 
myself here guarding the fortress. 
But when I arrived, it didn't feel 
that way at all. VCCA residents 
value their isolation, but they also 
love going across the way to 
watch a Southern Circuit film, to 
see Maya Angelou, or to catch a 
sale at the Book Shop. In their 
evaluations when they leave, I 
can't teU you the number of 
artists who teU us that this truly 
is the best of both worlds." 

New Fellowship for SBC Alumnae in the Visual Arts 

The new Harry D. Forsyth FeUowship for the Visual Arts pro- 
vides a two-week residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative 
Arts (VCCA) for a Sweet Briar alumna who has attended Sweet 
Briar CoUege within the previous ten years. The feUowship is to be 
awarded to an alumna who has demonstrated exceptional abUity and 
commitment in the area of the visual arts. The selected Forsyth Fel- 
low need not have been a studio art major during her time at Sweet 
Briar CoUege; however, she should currendy be seriously pursuing 
her work in the visual arts. The criteria for selection will be achieve- 
ment or promise of achievement. 

The recipient will be awarded a residency of two weeks at the 
VCCA and up to $100 for transportation expenses. This retreat for 
professional visual artists, writers, and composers provides resident 
FeUows with a private studio, a private bedroom with a semi-private 
bath, and three prepared meals each day. FeUows are able to work 
uninterrupted in their studios away from the distractions of everyday 
life. There is no instruction provided. The residency must be used 
within two years of being awarded. 

For more information about appUcation procedures and deadUnes 
for 2000, write: Studio Art Department, att: Laura Pharis, Sweet 
Briar CoUege, Sweet Briar, Virginia 24595 ; or e-maU 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine ■ Spring 1999 

Sweet Briar College Presents 


Kicked to Pieces: 




ON lovE & War 

By Ann MacDonald '97 
Assistant Director of the Alumnae Association 

Actress Chris Weatherhead with Elisabeth 
Muhlenfeld on the set in Babcocl< Auditorium 

Photo bv Charles Grubbs 

Sweet Briar's alumnae office enthusiasti- 
cally became a box otflce tor the first 
time in November 1998, to book two 
performances of the one-woman play, A 
Worlii Kicked to Pieces: Mary Bo\kin Chesnut 
on Love & War. Kenneth Graham's play, pre- 
sented by The Actors' Theatre of South Car- 
olina, is based on the famous journals of the 
controversial Civil War writer, Man' Bo)'kin 
Chesnut. Intrigue, romance, political hijinks, 
as well as the horror — and sometimes 
humor — of living through a tumultuous time 
conjoin in this powerful play. With com- 
ments on e\'er\thing from antislaver\' to 
states' rights to feminism, actress Chris 
Weatherhead as Mary shocked and charmed 
audiences who went with her on her wAd 
iourne^' through four ot the most chaotic 
\'ears in our nation's history. 

The first performance on November 19 
took place at the BoUing HaxaU House of the 
Woman's Club of Richmond, followed by a 
festi\'e reception sponsored hx the Richmond 
Alumnae Club. Then on No\'ember 22, the 
play was presented to a fiiU house in Sweet 
Briar's Babcock Auditorium. Faculu', staff 
and students, alumnae, past and current par- 
ents, friends of the College, and prospective 
students were in attendance, as \vere Ci\'il 
War writers, historians, and artists trom each 

The play has a particularh' interesting re- 
lationship and significance to Sweet Briar 
College: Sweet Briar's President Elisabeth S. 
Muhlenfeld is Man' Chesnut's biographer. 

C. Vann Woodward says in his tonvard to 
her 1981 book, Mary Boykin Chesnut: A Biog- 
Elizabeth Muhlenfeld knows more about 
[Mary Boykin Chesnut] than anybody ever 
has and uses her knowledge with the subtlety, 
grace, and intelligence that chai'acterizes her 
essays on William Faulkner. Her mastery of the 
sources is grounded on close study of all the sur- 
viving Chesnut manuscripts, correspondence, 
and related materials. Her command of evi- 
dence has been enhanced by her work on the 
transcription and collation of the surviving 
parts of the original Chesnut diaries and the 
version of the 1880s. . .In her admirable biog- 
raphy of Mary Chesnut, Elisabeth Muhlenfeld 
has placed American literature as well as 
American history in her debt. 
Having immersed herself in the writings 
ot Mary Chesnut, she was first published on 
the subject in 1977, just one year before re- 
ceiving her Ph.D. in English (American Lit- 
erature, concentrating on Southern 
Literature) from the LIniversitv' of South 

Carolina. In 1984 she coedited The Private 
Mary Chesnut: The Unpublished Civil War Di- 
aries with C. Vann Woodward, and has pub- 
lished numerous articles and essays related to 
Man' Chesnut in a variet\' of magazines and 
academic journals, including American Liter- 
ary Realism, Charleston Magazine, Encyclope- 
dia of Southern Culture, and Encyclopedia of the 

When she came to Sweet Briar as its 
president in 1996, she discovered that Mary 
Chesnut and the College's founder, Indiana 
Fletcher Williams, were close contempo- 
raries: "Chesnut was born in 1823; Williams 
in 1828. Thev had much in common; each 
was highly intelligent, born into wealth, and 
into a good tamil\' that valued education. In 
fact... both Man' and Indiana... received the 
best and most rigorous education available to 
women in their time." 

President Muhlenfeld notes tliat "Both 
women left impressive legacies, which come 
together with this theatrical production. 
Mar)''s legac)' is the single most important 
account of Confederate society' high and low, 
published first as A Diary from Dixie, and 
then in 1981 as Mary Chesnut's CivU War. 
[The latter won Mary a Pulitzer Prize one 
hundred \'ears after it was written.] Indiana's 
legacy is the founding of Sweet Briar Col- 

"As Chesnut's biographer, I ha\'e been de- 
lighted with this captivating play about 
her. . .[The play] uses Mary Chesnut's own 
words to bring to life a woman of high intel- 
lect and frankl}' passionate nature, living 
through a searing experience. Her ci\al war 
engenders turbulent and irre\'ocable change, 
and she is torn and wounded b\' it. But in the 
end, hers is a triumph-ant and honest re- 
sponse to life. Granted, we li\'e in a time of 
peace, but the experience ot li\'ing with irrev- 
ocable change is familiar to us, so it is not 
hard to imagine that Man' Chesnut sutlers 
and laughs with us, too." 

A World Kicked to Pieces: Mary Boykin 
Chesnut on Love & War, under the auspices of 
Sweet Briar College, drew a full house for a 
third time in April 1999 in Atlanta at the 
Atlanta Histor}' Center's McEkeath Hall, 
followed hv a reception held at the Center b}' 
the Atlanta Alumnae Club. 

Over 100 \'ears after she recorded her per- 
ceptions of "a world kicked to pieces," Mary 
Chesnut is vibrantly alive on stage. She is 
real. We know her 


Sweet Briar College Alummae Magazine • Spring 1999 

In the Spotlight 

Gail Blanke Cusick '63 
Featured on Oprah, 
Best-Seller Lists 

Gail Blanke is president and 
CEO of Lifedesigns, a company she 
founded which gives motivational 
workshops "to empower men and 
women worldwide to design truly 
exceptional lives." Her corporate 
clients include Motorola, GE 
Capital, and IBM, and she offers 
open-enroUment workshops for 
women around the countr}'. In- 
spired by the Lifedesigns work- 
shops, Gail wrote a book, I?i My 
Wildest Dreams, Living tie Life You 
Long For, published by Simon & 
Schuster. It has received wide ac- 
claim: Gail and her book were fea- 
tured on the Oprah Winfrey Show 
in October 1998; the book has ap- 
peared on several best-seller lists 
including Amazon.coms Best Sell- 
ing Books and the New York Times 
Business Best Seller List. 

In commenting on it, IGtry 
Kelle}-, author of Tfte Royals, says, 
"Hurray for Gail Blanke! She's a 
woman who wants to help other 
women live life to the fiiUest. She's 
achieved that goal with this dy- 
namic book." And from Linda 
EUerbee, television producer, jour- 
nalist, and best-seUing author: 
"This is powerftil stuff. It's not a 
book about having it all (which is a 
lie any-wa)'), but a book about 
being all the things there are inside 
you. Lucky for us, GaU Blanke has 
given us a first-class road map. I 
promise you'll want to take this 

This is Gail's second book - 
she previously co-authored Taking 
Control ofYoiir Life: The Secrets of 
Successful Enterprising Women, 
which has sold more than half a 
million copies. 

Gail founded Lifedesigns in 
1995 while she was a senior vice 
president of Avon Products, Inc., 
and acquired the business when it 
spun off from Avon in 1997. The 

company trains leaders to run its 
workshops while much of Gail's 
time is spent on speaking engage- 
ments. She has delivered keynote 
addresses at such events as the 
"Global Summit of Women" in 
Taiwan, the "Decade to Democ- 
racy" conference in Budapest, and 
Cornell Universitv''s svmposium, 
"Contracting Out: Danger Signal 
for Working Women and Men," 
chaired by BetU' Friedan. GaU re- 
cendy spoke at UVA, where she 
gave a workshop for female sm- 
dent leaders. 

Prior to joining Avon, Gail 
worked at CBS, Inc. and for the 
New York Yankees. She has won 
numerous awards for her work, in- 
cluding the Noelle Woman of the 
Year Award in 1997, the 1996 
Leadership in Action Award from 
the Women's Action Alliance; and 
the 1994 New York Matrix Award 
for Public Relations from New 
York Women in Communications, 
Inc. Also in 1994 she was listed as 
one oiMirahella Magazine's "1000 
Women for the Nineties" who 
were celebrated for their passion, 
dedication and strength, and was 
honored with the 1994 Star Award 
from the New York Women's 

Gail has a stellar record for ser- 
vice to her profession and commu- 
nity: while at Avon, she launched 
the widely- acclaimed Avon Breast 
Cancer Awareness Crusade which 
has raised more than %2S million 
for communitv outreach, and cre- 
ated the nationally recognized 
Women of Enterprise Awards pro- 
gram which salutes female entre- 
preneurs. In recognition of this 
effort, Avon was selected by the 
National Commission on Working 
Women to receive the 1994 
Women at Work Workplace Ini- 
tiative Award. 

Gail is president of the New 
York Women's forum, a corporate 
director of The Fonda Group, Inc., 
and immediate past chairman of 

Gail Blanke 

the board of Fashion Group Inter- 
national. She sits on the advisorv 
boards of the College of 
Charleston School of Business and 
Seton HUl College's National Ed- 
ucation Center for Women in 

At SBC, Gail majored in 
drama, later attending Yale Univer- 
sit}' Graduate School of Drama. 
She and husband F. James Cusick, 
a writer, live in New York City 
vnth daughters Kate and Abigail. 

It is not surprising to see in the 
1963 Briar Patch that Gail enjoyed 
participating: member of the Sym- 
posium Committee, Q^V., Paint & 
Patches, Tau Phi, Campus Chest, 
Y.W.C.A., and Freshman and Se- 
nior Shows. Also in the Briar 
Patch, how prophetic the quotation 
from KahHI Gibran describing her: 
"And if our hands should meet in 
another dream we shall build an- 
other tower in the sky:" 

Sweet Briar salutes this gifted 
graduate who helps others make 
their dreams come true. 

(Gad and Lifedesigns can be con- 
tacted through the website: or E-mail: 

Mimi Walch Doe 

Mimi Walch Doe '80 
Wins Renown for Spiri- 
tual Parenting Method, 
Appears on Oprah 

Mimi Walch Doe has co-au- 
thored, with her mother Marsha 
Walch, Ph.D., a book entided 10 
Principles for Spiritual Parenting: 
Nurturing Your Child's Soul (Harper 
Collins). The book was awarded a 
1998 Parent's Choice Approved 
Seal (Parent's Choice awards are 
known as the Oscars of children's 
products) and was a finalist in the 
1998 Books for a Better Life 
Award. "This valuable, instructive 
book helps parents stop and think 
about what reallv matters, so that 
they can help their children to do 
the same — and thereby get to the 
heart of the spiritual life," wrote 
eminent psychologist and author 
Robert Coles. 

Mimi and her book were high- 
lighted on "The Oprali Winfrey 
Show" April 1, 1999. The book 
was excerpted in the July 1998 edi- 
tion of Ladies Home Journal, which 
described Mimi and her mother as 
"parenting gurus." Magazines from 
McCalh to Natural Health have 
quoted Mimi and reviewed the 
book. Mimi is also the co-author 
oi Drawing Angels Near — Children 
Tell of Angels in Words and Pictures 

Sweet Briar College Allimnjae M,\ga:i\e • Spri\c 1999 


In the Spotlight 

(Pocket Books 1995, released in 
paper 1997). Excerpts from this 
book appeared in Family Circle and 
Woman's World magazines and the 
book was chosen as both a Cross- 
ings and a Literary Guild Book ot 
the Month Club selection. 

Mimi is the family spirituality 
expert for the 
Internet site maintained by Amer- 
ica Online, and her "Spiritual Par- 
enting Chats" have been teaaired 
on other websites such as Par- 
entSoup, BabyCenter, and Par- 
entsPIace. Mimi also travels 
around the country giving work- 
shops on children and splritualit}' 
to teachers' and parents' groups. 
Typical comments from parents 
who have attended the workshops 
include: "I can't wait to get home 
and start trying out her great ideas 
on nurturing my three-year-old's 
busy soul. She was incredible." 
(Mother of three-year-old); "We 
don't have children yet but this 
evening convinced me of how I 
want to raise them" (34 year-old 

Mimi is also an award-winning 
TV producer and the co-founder 
of Pink Bubble Productions, a 
multimedia company dedicated to 
developing nonviolent multicul- 
tural programs for children. Pink 
Bubble's first video, "Concert in 
Angel-Land," won the Interna- 
tional Angel Award for Excellence 
in Media, and has been endorsed 
as an All Star Winner by the 
Coalition for Qiialirv Children's 
Media. Mimi has also developed 
radio programs. 

As a speaker, Mimi is in great 
demand by organizations such as 
Junior Leagues, YMCAs, 
churches, and parents' groups. She 
recendy had an unusual assign- 
ment, speaking to the Young Presi- 
dents' Organization (\T0); this is 
a group of young (under 40) male 
CEOs who want to learn how to 
be better fathers. 

A theatre arts major at Sweet 
Briar, Mimi graduated Phi Beta 
Kappa, Magna Cimi Laude. She 

then smdied acting at the National 
Theater Institute and performed in 
regional theatres and Oft-Broad- 
way, as well as on television and in 
films. Later, she earned her M.A. 
in education from Harvard. 

Mimi lives in Concord, MA 
with husband Tom and daughters 
Whitney (11) and Elizabeth (8). 
She notes that her "10 principles" 
have made her own parenting such 
a jo}'flil journey that she is eager to 
share her experiences vnth others. 

"Sweet Briar gave me the con- 
fidence I needed to follow my own 
ideas and convictions," says Mimi. 
Her life is a shining testament to 
the value of a Sweet Briar experi- 
ence, and we are proud to claim 

Mimi and her company can be 
reached at: Pink Bubbles Productioris, 
P.O. Box 157, Concord, MA 01742; 
(978) 369-7479; E-mail: 
m\Aot@-io\.com\ FAX 978-369- 

Karin Lindgren '75: 
Award Winning Poet 
Many Times Over 

Karin Lindgren has won nearlv 
70 poetrv' awards and been pub- 
lished in numerous anthologies 
and journals, including The Lyric, 
Harp Strings, and Blue Unicorn. 
She won 10 awards in the 1992 
World Order of Narrative and 
Formalist Poets Contest, trans- 
forming her memories of a 1974 
tour of Italy into first-place honors 
in one category: her poem, 
"Resurgam" (Latin for "I will rise 
again"), detailed the hypothetical 
flooding and subsequent resurrec- 
tion of Venice. 

Most recendy, she has had Uvo 
first-prize poems appear in the 
West Virginia Poetr}' Society's 
1998 Anthology of Prize Poems. In 
1997, her long narrative poem, "A 
Dream Away," won the Florida 
State Poetry Society Award, and 
was published in its 1998 anthol- 

Karin Lindgren, to whom we say: 
Rosam qui meruit ferat! 

og}'. Another first-prize poem, 
"The Rose," just appeared in 
Touchstone, an annual journal by 
Professional Touch Press, Mont- 
gomer)', AL. "Walking the Dairy' 
Route" will be published in Encore, 
annual book oi contest-winning 
poems by the National Federation 
of State Poetry Societies. And she 
has an award-winning chapbook ot 
poetry, Watertiiarks. 

Karin teaches a workshop on 
the composition ot poetn' in tradi- 
tional forms, through the Palm 
Beach [FL] County School Dis- 
trict's program for continuing adult 
education. A French major at 
SBC, with an M.A. in French 
from the UniversiU' of Michigan, 
she formerly taught French at 
Adrian College. 

She says: "I have been eagerly 
awaiting the chance to tell you 
who my muse is. Since my days at 
Sweet Briar, it has been mv dream 
to thank the CoUege for all it has 
done for me. I want to give Sweet 
Briar mv best. At this time, poetr\' 
is the best gift I have to give. I 
have a powerfiJ muse, and I write 
of her with great love... I will be 
happy to do whatever I can tor 'the 
place that never left me.' " 

With Karin's permission, we 
share her poem, "The Rose": 

Untended, a rose 
reverts to its wild state, 
evolving, like a language, 
from the complex to the simple. 

Chris Svoboda 

Each season hails a moidting, 
pretensions many layers shed 
like flamingo feathers; each season, 
a modulation of boisterous perfumes, 
until only five petals remain, until 
only a whispered aroma remains. 

Rosa eglanteria: dainty plate of dew, 
demi-tasse saucer that needs no cup 
to run over cathartic waters, 
hfusion ofcaiidor, 
the quintessential self 

Like tender talons oj an eaglet 

poised for its first solo flight, 

pale green thorns claw 

through mornings mentholated chill, 

deciphering the hieroglyphics 

of an ancient truth long unlearned. 

I, who have gone through life 
preening in ruffles of pretense, 
would love to be that rose, 
unfolding like the consummate poem, 
perfectly conceived, 
perfectly construed, 
perfectly complete. 

Chris Svoboda '84 
Check Your Local 

In the film Escape from LA., 
getting out of town requires Kurt 
Russell as Snake Plissken to re- 
trieve a stolen black box from 
Shining Path revolutionaries, 
then return to base in a one-man 
atomic submarine. Snake has 
onlv ten hours to complete his 


Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine ■ Spring 1999 




mission. Any later, and the de- 
signer \'irus surreptitioush' 
scratched into his bloodstream b)' 
flindamentalist zealots will trig- 
ger a neuro-s\'stem shutdown, 
causing him to bleed out Ebola- 
style. Of course, it's all a ruse. 
There is no virus. And Snake, 
hip to the game, uses a holo- 
graphic weapon to slip out ot the 

Chris Svoboda '84 knows the 
plot. In her position as director of 
development for producer Debra 
Hill and director John Carpenter, 
she worked on the fdm trom its 
inception. Now, after more than 
a decade in the biz, Chris is 
ready to escape from L.A. her- 
self Only, unlike Snake Plissken, 
who was armed to the teeth in 
futuristic stealth regalia, Chris is 
taking the tough way out. She is 
going to law school. 

"There's nothing wrong with 
pure entertainment," savs Chris. 
"But m\' sweat has to go into so- 
cial change. Sweet Briar gave me 
the impetus to get involved. I re- 
member President Whiteman 
saying 'If students leave Sweet 
Briar wanting to know more and 
do more, then we've done our 
job.' It was an atmosphere that 
made me want to go out into the 
world and take on a vast array ot 
political and social issues." 

In many ways, Chris is leav- 
ing Los Angeles because her vol- 
unteer work and artistic 
commitments - the projects she 
took on to balance her lite - are 
now complete. 

On March 14, 1999, the His- 
tory Channel aired Free a Man to 
Fight! Women Soldiers of World 
War II. Narrated h\ broadcast 
journalist Paula Zahn, the docu- 
mentary combines live interviews 
and historical footage to tell the 
stories ot women who served as 
clerks, cooks, pilots, gunners, me- 
chanics, and officers. Chris was 
the production executive for the 
project, which took six years of 
stop-and-go shooting and flind- 

raising to see through. 

Though the documentary was 
billed as a special presentation 
during Women's Histor\' Month, 
there are 23 additional air-dates 
planned over the next three years. 
I.C.E. is also distributing a 
longer version of the documen- 
tar}' tor libraries and for use in 
the classroom."Everything fell 
together at the last minute," ex- 
plains Chris. "Paula Zahn volun- 
teered to narrate. We flew to 
New York to shoot her part. AnA 
we were able to work at the His- 
tory Channel because, at that 
point, its parent company, AScE 
Television Networks, had pur- 
chased the film. It was a wonder- 
fiil thing to complete." Since 
graduation, Chris has been con- 
tinuously involved with non- 
profit endeavors like the Show 
Coalition, Holl\yvood Helps, the 
Alternative Lifesr\'le Scholarship 
Program, and the Foundation tor 
Media Education. One group in 
particular, Colors United, a 
Watts-based multi-ethnic arts or- 
ganization tor teenagers, captured 
her imagination and consumed 
much of her spare time. Chris 
joined the fledgling organization 
in 1990 and played a pivotal part, 
pulling together the resources 
and the personalities needed to 
propel the group into the lime- 
%ht."By 1993," Chris reports, 
"Sony Pictures had given us $2 
million dollars for operating ex- 
penses and also donated vehicles 
tor the program. Colors United 
performed at President Clinton's 
inaugur;il celebration. American 
Airlines donated the flights, a 
hotel in Georgetown provided 
rooms, Padagonia gave back- 
packs, Nike gave shoes — it was 

"To stay in the Colors United 
program, kids have to maintain a 
decent grade-point average. One 
member of the original group, a 
girl 1 mentored, La Toya 
Howlett, was accepted at Cal 
State. Then, she went out on a 

cold call for 7\nnie Potts' televi- 
sion series Dangerous Minds and 
was cast in a major role. She was 
wise enough to get a business 
manager, made a heck of a lot of 
money, and completely turned 
her life around - my baby, my lit- 
de baby La Tova is all grown up." 

Between the success of teens 
like La Toya and the increasing 
demands of her job, Chris left 
Colors United in 1995. But the 
break brought on a touch ot 
empr\' nest and a concomitant 
restlessness. "I need to be revital- 
ized," says Chris. "For the last 
four years, I've been feeling 
beaten down by Hollywood. To 
instigate real change, you need 
tons ot money, airplay, and adver- 
tising. We are a world of mass 
media. I am not getting a law de- 
gree to walk away from that 
world. I know I've made a small 
contribution with La Toya and 
the kids, but I can go fijrther. 
And I know now, to be taken se- 
riously at the next level, I need a 
little more in my back pocket. 

"Sweet Briar taught me to be 
responsible for my actions and to 
be aware of how my actions af- 
fected others. On a small cam- 
pus, vou can make improvements 
that impact the entire commu- 
nit)' - nothing gets lost in the 
carpet. Out here, I've been work- 
ing with writers and law)'ers, 
hashing out contracts. I under- 
stand creative types and business 
people. Consequendy, I have a 
lot of artists tugging on my sleeve 
wanting me to manage them. It 
I'm going to take on the job ot 
protecting people, I need some 
extra ammunition." 

Once Around 

A hook review by Elizabeth Johnston 
Lipscomb '59 

Professor of English, Randolph- 
Macon Woman's College 

Ward and Judy Nevins LeHardy 
'59 left West Point, NY in Septem- 
ber '91 in quest of a dream — to sail 
around the world. Five ^'ears later, 
in August '96, their journe\' ended 
safely in Annapolis, MD. Once 
Around recounts their adventures on 
this amazing odyssey in a collection 
of essays originally written for the 
Fredericksburg, VA Free Lance Star. 
Regular readers of S^C's Alumnae 
Magazine may recognize some 
episodes described in articles during 
the voyage. 

Once Around o&rs readers many 
pleasures. It is first of all a gripping 
adventure ston'. The authors play 
down elements ot danger, but ac- 
knowledge terrifying hours: a 
Caribbean storm pushed their boat, 
Cor?!iorant, onto its side, flooding 
the cabin; hurricane-force winds 
damaged their sails off the Aus- 
tralian coast; a series ot storms hit 
the Red Sea; and an encounter with 
the Mistral, a deadh' Mediterranean 
wind, snapped off the propellers of 
their wind generator. 

Ever\' chapter offers tantalizing 
descriptions to prospective travelers, 
even those who prefer less challeng- 
ing modes of transportation than a 
39-foot sailboat. There are memo- 
rable glimpses of many of the peo- 
ple and places the LeHardvs 
encountered, as well as details of 
daily life on board. 

The first leg of the journey led 
them along the Adantic Coast of 
the U.S. and the Intracoastal Wa- 
terway, through the Bahamas and 

Sweet Briar College Allimnae Magazine ■ Spring 1999 

In the S potlight 

the Virgin Islands to the historic 
city of Cartagena, Colombia, then 
to Panama. After traversing the 
Panama Canal, they began the Pa- 
cific crossing at Cocos, an island 
paradise and Costa Rican National 
Park, movdng on to meet the igua- 
nas, sea lions, and blue-tooted boo- 
bies of the Galapagos before 
embarking upon a relatively smooth 
22-day, 3,000-mile crossing ot the 

November 13, 1992 brought 
them to perhaps the most moving 
moment ot the journey, a visit to 
Guadalcanal, to the spot where 
Ward's father was killed in the 
Japanese attack on the USS San 
Francisco, exacdy 50 years earlier. 
When the\' reached the location ot 
the sunken ship, thev "stopped the 
engine, said a prayer tor all those 
brave men who died there, and 
tossed a shell lei on the black waters 
in their memory." 

From the South Pacific Islands 
they went to Australia to spend sev- 
eral weeks in land travel to sites de- 
scribed in chapters tided "Postcards 
from Down Under." Atter a 10- 
week break in the U.S., they moved 
up the Australian Coast along the 
Great Barrier Reel, then to Asia, 
with stops in Bali, Singapore, 
Malaysia, and Thailand. Thev also 
made what was for Ward a return 
trip to Vietnam, where he served in 
the U.S. .A'mv in the '60s. Before 
entering their third ocean, die In- 
dian, they explored Sri Lanka's tea 
plantations, Buddhist temples, and 
an elephant orphanage, which is one 
of the most appealing scenes in the 
video that is available with the book. 

Atter a mosd)' trouble-tree jour- 
ney to the East Coast of Africa, a 
harrowing voyage up the Red Sea, 
and a visit to the temples and pyxa- 
mids of ancient Egypt, they crossed 
the Suez Canal into the Mediter- 
ranean Sea, cruising it for over a 
year with a firequendy-changing 
crew of friends and relatives. A spe- 
cial highlight was their arrival, with 
much fanfare, at Fredericksburg's 
sister city, Frejus, France, where 

thev participated in the Giant 
Omelette Festival — 10,000 eggs 
stirred with giant paddles, served to 
3,000 breakfasters. 

Atter visiting Morocco, the\' 
sailed to the Canary Islands, start- 
ing point for their last major hur- 
dle: 3,000 miles across the Adantic 
to Barbados, which they hoped to 
reach by Christmas 1995. A broken 
link in their steering chain sent 
them on an une,xpected detour to 
the Cape Verde Islands of Afi"ica — 
for a SI. 50 repair job at a motorcy- 
cle shop. The\' celebrated 
Christmas at sea. 

The last lap of the journey was 
leisureh', with time to enjoy Barba- 
dos and Trinidad, where Cormorant 
received a sprucing up of hull and 
interior atter its long ordeal. Chil- 
dren, grandchildren, in-laws, and 
friends joined them for short cruises 
around the Windward and Lee- 
ward islands before they headed 
north across the Gulf Stream to the 
U.S. Widi all tlags tlying, diey 
ended their journey in Ainapolis, a 
destination appropriate tor two 
sailors raised in Nay\- families. 

In addition to an adventure 
story, geography lesson, and travel- 
ogue, Once Around rnXxoAxicti read- 
ers to two remarkable individuals. 
Between the lines one comes to 
know Ward and Judy LeHardy as 
strong, competent, warm, deeply re- 
ligious people. They obvioush' have 
an extraordinarv' gift for making 
and sustaining fi^iendships — with 
classmates and neighbors who 
sen'ed as their on-board crew and 
their home support systems; with 
fellow "cruisers," who formed a 
close community' in whatever har- 
bors they gathered; and with resi- 
dents of the islands and cities they 
visited. By the book's end, readers 
are apt to feel themselves friends as 
well. Once Around tr\ltrX2ini, edu- 
cates, astounds, and inspires. I 
highly recommend it! 

Once Around and the \ideo may 
be ordered firom the authors at P.O. 
Box 1907, Fredericksburg, VA 
22402, 1-800-583-6590.^ 

Elizabeth Morton 
Forsyth '36 
"Elizabeth's Early 
Learning Center" 

By Ann MacDonald '97 
Assistant Director, Alumnae 

The Spring 1994 .Alumnae 
Magazine spotlighted Ehzabeth 
Forsvth '36, celebrating the com- 
pletion of Miriam's House, the 
Lynchburg residence for home- 
less women and their children 
created tlirough her financial 
support and tireless flind-raising 
efforts. Ever since then, Miriam's 
House has played a vital role in 
the community's battle against 
homelessness. Ehzabeth says: "I 
remember seeing in newspapers 
and on TV. . .people, women and 
children, going through long 
fines that never ended— they did- 
n't have homes, clothes and any 
other belongings, except what 
they cotdd carry... I thought that 
was the most horrible thing that 
could happen... not to have a 
home to go to... not to have a 
place to brush your teeth pri- 

vately, or to have a good en'. 
When I realized there were peo- 
ple sleeping under bridges and in 
parks right here in Lynchburg, I 
felt that if there was amthing I 
could do about it, I woidd." 

Miriam's House provides a 
home for up to two years tor 13 
women and their children who 
seek to get off pubfic assistance 
programs and improve their fives. 
Trained during their stay to be- 
come self-sufficient, indepen- 
dent, and confident, they 
rehabifitatc themselves with the 
help of devoted staff and volun- 
teers, leaving Miriam's House 
armed with a variety of life- 
survival skdls. 

Once Miriam's House was a 
reafitv, Efizabeth reafized addi- 
tional support was needed for the 
children the women brought 
with them. If you visit Miriam's 
House today, you will see a beau- 
tifid, bright building just down 
the hUl: Efizabeth's Early Learn- 
ing Center. A group of friends, 
atter a great deal of pursuasion, 
finaUy convinced Efizabeth to let 
the Board use her name in this 
program (Efizabeth has always 
done phdantliropic ventures 
anonymously). She and her men- 
tor and long-term friend, Stella 
Tanner, began plans for the Cen- 
ter by forming a committee who 
visited child care tacdities in Vir- 
ginia and North Carofina, talk- 
ing to countiess people, asking 
tor details on successes and fail- 
ures, researching state and local 
child care laws, collecting as 

Lunch lime at Elizabeth's Early Learning Center. Inset, Elizabeth Forsyth 


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In the Spotlight 

much information as possible. 
Land was selected (site of a for- 
mer grocery store, car dealership, 
dinner theater, and used-car lot), 
and a group of architects, who 
did more research on building 
and property laws, was hired. 

Elizabeth's fimd-raising ef- 
forts were tremendous; she in- 
volved many people by hosting a 
variety of events and meetings, 
including formal country club 
parties, business luncheons tor 
corporate heads, newspaper and 
TV appeals, and contact with 
city council members. The com- 
munity responded enthusiasti- 
cally. She started an endowment 
fimd, and with her encourage- 
ment a scholarship ftmd has also 
been formed. She soon had ftiU 
membership on the Center's 
Board of Directors and Advisory 
Board, and after a seven-month 
search an executive director was 
hired. When the Center opened 
on June 9, 1997, a trained staff 
was in place, including a nutri- 
tional coordinator, eight lead 
teachers, many teacher's assis- 
tants, and a small staff of volun- 
teers. The Center is designed so 
it wiU qualify for accreditation by 
the National Association for the 
Education of Young Children. 

EELC's and Miriam's House 
staff collaborate, overlapping ef- 
forts for mothers and children. 
They share a medical education 
room for family health assess- 
ments and referrals, and educa- 
tional classes. Stella Tanner, 
president of the Board for EELC 
and a member of the Board at 
Miriam's House, illustrates the 
successfiil partnership: "One of 
the Center's staff members was a 
resident ot Miriam's House; dur- 
ing her stay, she had a bab\', put 
herself through community' col- 
lege and received training at 
Miriam's House, literally turning 
her life around. Now her child is 
enrolled at the Center and she is 
an enthusiastic, innovative em- 
ployee. Many nights as she 

leaves, she looks at Elizabeth's 
portrait with a good-night nod 
and says, 'Thank you, Mrs. 
Forsyth.'" Such success stories 
abound at the House and Cen- 
ter. Miriam's House offers a 
home, support, and training to 
empower residents to help them- 
selves. EELC provides up to 150 
children with safe, loving, nur- 
turing child care. To ensure di- 
versity, the tuition plan 
accommodates families of van,'- 
ing financial circumstances. 

Miriam's House and 
Elizabeth's Early Learning Cen- 
ter will sen's as models for others 
who have the resources to make 
a positive change in the world, 
but don't know how. Eleanor H. 
Porter once said: "The influence 
ot a beautifiil, helpfiil character is 
contagious, and may revolution- 
ize a whole town." How true! 
Beginning with these two orga- 
nizations, Elizabeth's legacy will 
enrich and benefit her city, 
Lynchburg, for years to come. 

Melissa Henning: 1999 
Presidential Medalist 

President Muhlenfeld pre- 
sented Melissa Gail Henning, 
Mehoopany, PA, with Sweet Briar 
College's 1999 Presidential Medal 
at the Academic Awards Dinner 
Februar\' 11. 

The Presidential Medal recog- 
nizes seniors whose accomplish- 
ments have demonstrated 
exemplary intellectual achievement 
and, in addition, distinction in 
some or all of the following areas: 
communitv service; contribution to 
the arts; enlargement of our global 
perspective; athletic achievement; 
leadership; and contributions to 
communiU' discourse. Honorees 
receive a replica of the President's 
Medallion given to SBC presidents 
at their inaugurations. 
A talented musician excelling in 
piano, organ, voice, and composi- 
tion, Melissa pursued an A.B. in 

Melissa Henning with President Muhlenfeld 

music and an arts management 
certificate. Among many scholar- 
ships and awards, she was the 
Marv K. Benedict Scholar; Lucille 
Barrow Turner Music Scholar; 
Man,' Macintosh Sherer Scholar; 
John Augusms Moore Music 
Scholar; and Williams Scholar. She 
is listed in Who's Who in American 
Universities and Colleges, is on the 
National Dean's List and SBC 
Dean's List, and is a member of 
Alpha Lambda Delta. 
Melissa served in a leadership ca- 
pacity all tour years, as Student 
Government president and co- 
chair of the Senior Class Pledge 
Campaign, and as a student mem- 
ber of numerous College commit- 
tees including Strategic Planning, 
Advising, and Orientation. She 
was a smdent mentor and aitor in 
the Academic Resource Center 
and assistant in Professor Allen 
Huszti's First- Year Seminar 
("Diva: The Portrayal ot Women 
in Opera"). 

An intern in the chaplain's office, 
she provided music for dail}' morn- 
ing services and acted as interim 
chaplain for a month when Chap- 
lain Lehman was on leave. She 
volunteered for Habitat for Hu- 
manit)'; a local food bank, nursing 
home and area churches; and with 
the Red Cross bloodmobUe and 
disaster services programs. 

Melissa represented the College 
at Eagle Forums Collegians Na- 
tional Summit; the Academic 
Seminar on 'Women as Leaders" 
at The Wishington Center; the 
Virginia Leadership Fomm on 
Faith and Values; and the Inten'ar- 
sit\' Christian Fellowship Fall 
Conferences. Last summer, as a 
Witherspoon Fellow, she re- 
searched and wrote short policy 
papers, researched the Ten Com- 
mandments Defense Act and at- 
tended congressional hearings and 
press conferences, formulating re- 
ports tor the government relations 
office of the Famih' Research 
Council, Washington, D.C. 

Active in the outdoor program, 
she played varsit)' soccer and twice 
received the Sweet Briar Col- 
lege/Old Dominion Athletic Con- 
ference Scholar Athlete Award. 

Congramlations, Melissa! 

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An Experience 

Never To Be Forgotten 

By Katie Wright '00 
Student Intern, Sweet Briar 
Alumnae Magazine 

When Mava 7\jigelou walked 
onstage to greet an overflow 
crowd in Babcock, the audito- 
rium swelled with her presence. 
Her rich, ruby-colored robes 
flowed from shoulder to hip to 
ankle; jewels sparkled against the 
spotlight. Knowing her prose and 
verse, I was moved to tears at the 
sight of the sbc-foot 70-vear-old. 

In a low deep voice she sang, 
read, and told stories. Her mes- 
sage, "Reach for the Rainbow," 
intermingled with tales ot her 
childhood, was both entertaining 
and motivational; the audience 
was spellbound by her essence ot 
individuality, which marked 
every soul, heart, and mind. "I 
felt that she was speaking to me 
and only me. I was so captured 
by what she was saying, I forgot 
others were around me," said 
Kelly Dize '99, Newport News, 
VA. President Muhlenfeld was 

also moved by Maya Angelou's 
presence: "I have seen Mava 
Angelou several times, and each 
time I am impressed with a kind 
of thoroughgoing integration ot 
her performance — it is both a 
performance and a lecture — she 
uses her entire body as well as 
her intellect. By mv count, she 
spoke tor an hour and 15 min- 
utes, and in that time she must 
have recited trom at least 50 
poems, everything from the 
Greek poets through Milton and 
Langston Hughes. I tound mv- 
self thinking how deeply en- 
riched mv lite would be it I could 
simph' pull that kind ot poetr)' 
from myself" 

To prepare the campus com- 
munity, special events were held 
for almost a month prior to 
Angelou's arrival: "A 28-Day 
Celebration of the Work of 
Maya Angelou" explored the life 
of this extraordinarv' woman. On 
tour evenings, poems selected by 
students in Banister Writer-in- 
Residence Reetika Vazirani's po- 

etry workshop were displayed at 
mealtime in Prothro Commons. 
The Sweet Briar Book Shop was 
a mecca for Angelou's works. 
During "Children's Hour," stu- 
dents read from her children's 
works to campus youngsters in 
the Libran,' Browsing Room. 
The Chapel Committee Book 
Club sponsored a discussion of/ 
Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. 
Film Studies Director Greta Niu 
hosted a screening and discussion 
of Angelou's "Rainbow in the 
Clouds," a documentan' about 
church work. "Poetry & Motion: 
Dancing to the Spoken Word" 
featured students trom Professors 
Mark and EUa Magruders' dance 
composition classes performing 
original choreography set to 
Angelou's poetry. Emily Clark 
'99, PuyaUup, WA, Sarah Elkins 
'99, HomerviUe, OH, and Casey 
Herman '00, Raleigh, NC, joined 
English Professor Cher\'l Mares 
and Reetika Vazirani in an open 
discussion of Angelou's works. 
SBC's Executive Chef Tim 

Left to right, )enniter Crutcher, Maya Angelou, Krisline Bria 

Pritchett and staff prepared a 
"Celebraton' Dinner" using 
recipes and themes from 
Caribbean and African Cooking, a 
book bv Rosamund Grant, for 
which Angelou contributed the 
design in 1997. 1 must say that it 
is the best meal I have ever eaten 
in Prothro! President Multlenfeld, 
speaking of all these events, said: 
"This is a wonderflil example of 
the way that a single lecture or 
speaker can impact the classroom 
and activities outside the class- 
room, encouraging smdents to 
make connections that they 
might not othenvise make." 
Finallv on November 4 at 
8:00 p.m., Maya Angelou spoke. 
Just to be in the "live" audience 
was a lucky circumstance: com- 
munity tickets for the event were 
gone within the hour that thev 
were available! Those without 
tickets watched on closed-circuit 
TV. Two really luckv students 
won the opportuniti' to meet and 
introduce her. (Twenty students 
applied for the honor.) Jennifer 
_ Crutcher '99, Palestine, Texas, 

1 and Kristine Bria '99, Stratford, 
5 Connecticut, were selected by 

; the Office of Co-Curricular Life. 
? Jen Crutcher described her reac- 

2 tion to being selected: "I wrote 
my reasons down and tried to be 
brief and when I heard from 
Martha [Martha Woodroof co- 
ordinator of Co-Curricular Pro- 
grams], I was just floored. I 
wanted to introduce Ma\'a be- 
cause I am a creative writing 
major and have been inspired by 
meeting some great people in the 
writing business; also I had read 
her poetry and really enjoyed it. I 
thought, this is the chance of a 
Utetime...! might as well try." 

Born Marguerite Johnson on 
April 4, 1928"in St. Louis, 
Angelou was raised in segregated 


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rural Arkansas. A poet, historian, 
author, actress, pla\'wright, civil 
rights activist, producer, and di- 
rector, she has published 10 best- 
selling books. Her most 
critically-acclaimed book, / Know 
Why the Caged Bird Sings (1970), 
an account of her earh' life up to 
the birth of her son, was nomi- 
nated for a National Book 
Award. Gather Together in My 
Name (1974) chronicles her 
search for identity' and struggle 
to survive as an unwed mother. 
Singin' and Swingin and Gettin 
Merry Like Christmas (1976), 
third autobiographical novel in 
the series, focuses on her busi- 
ness career. Her fourth. The 
Heart of a Woman {\9i\) K- 
counts her emergence as a politi- 
cal activist and writer. The fifth 
and final. All God's Children Need 
Traveling Shoes (1986), based on 
her trip to Ghana, examines the 
relationship between Africa and 
black culture in America. In 
1993, she wrote and recited her 
Gramm\' Award-winning poem, 
"On the Pulse ot Morning," in 
celebration of Bill Clinton's Pres- 
idential Inauguration. She has 

received two Pulitzer Prize nom- 
inations tor poetry- collections: 
Just Give Me a Cool Drink of 
Water fore I diiie (1971); And Still 
I Rise (1976). 

In the film industry Maya 
Angelou has been a ground- 
breaker for women and African- 
Americans, having written and 
produced several prize-winning 
documentaries. She received the 
Golden Eagle Award for a PBS 
special, "Afro-Americans in the 
Arts," and was nominated for an 
Emmv tor her screenplay', 

Mava Angelou's visit to Sweet 
Briar was important tor many 
reasons. Our month of prepara- 
tion taught us about her heritage, 
her work, her values. We began 
to know and to appreciate her as 
a remarkable person who repre- 
sents not onl\' her own African- 
American culture, but speaks for 
all women striving to succeed in 
a man's world. She left her im- 
print as she urged us to "reach 
tor the rainbow." 

To be in her presence was not 
only inspirational but an experi- 
ence never to be forgotten. 

Phenomenal Woman 

. . .Men themselves have wondered 

What they see in me. 

They try so much 

But they can't touch 

My inner mystery. 

When I try to show them, 

They say they still can't see. 

I say, 

It's in the arch of my back, 

The sun of my smile. 

The ride of my breasts. 

The grace of my style. 

I'm a woman 


Phenomenal woman 

That's me. 

— Maya Angelou 

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Art CoiiEcnoN 
AT Work 

By Rebecca Massie Lane 

Director of College Galleries and Arts Alanagement 

Sweet Briar College 

The Fall 1984 issue of the 
Alumnae Magazine fea- 
tured the Grand Opening 
of the Anne Gary Pannell Center 
Art Galier\; the proud reincarna- 
tion ot the old Retector)' and 
new home of Sweet Briar's art 
collection. Within its pages are 
three important articles about the 
history of the art collection, the 
Friends of Art and the architec- 
tural transformation of the Re- 
fectory. Vice President and 
Treasurer Emeritus Peter V. 
Daniel described the planning, 
fiind-raising, and physical meta- 
morphosis of the building. 
Cltristopher Witcombe, professor 
of art history, wrote a fascinating 
story of the incubus of the collec- 
tion and the role of prime movers 
such as President Meta Glass and 
Florence Robinson, professor of 
art. In her article, former chair of 
the Friends of Art, Jessica Bemis 
Ward '63, elaborated upon the vi- 
sionaries who formed the Friends 
of Art in its first phase (1935- 
57), and her contemporaries, who 
revived and moved it into a 
strong second phase (1977-pre- 

Reading these articles and re- 
flecting upon the more recent 
work of the art faculties and the 
Friends of Art, it is clear that a 
number of themes present in the 
beginning remain dominant 

toda\': the importance of bringing 
notable artists and art scholars to 
campus, and ot providing works 
of art for study as part of the cur- 
riculum (through a collection and 
rotating exliibitions); the focus on 
collecting contemporary Ameri- 
can artists; and the provision ot a 
proper space for the care and ex- 
hibition of the collection. Other 
earl}' ideas have shifted. The 
focus of the early collecting ef- 
forts was on painting; this 
evolved into an emphasis on 
works on paper. 

Even before the first work of 
art was purchased, Meta Glass 
and Florence Robinson made 
sure that the arts of the world 
were brought to campus through 
special exhibitions and visiting 
artists and scholars. They felt it 
essential that Sweet Briar stu- 
dents be exposed to the people 
who were shaping world opinion 
and that, in addition to providing 
students the opportunity to read 
the works of eminent contempo- 
raries, the\' should also benefit bv 
seeing them in person. This idea 
extended fiirther: if a prominent 
person's work was not the written 
word, but a work of art, this also 
should be available to students. 
Consequently among the artists 
whose works were displayed were 
the major figures in European 
and American modern art: 

Gauguin, Monet, Cassatt, 
Renoir, Delacroix, Courbet, 
Detain, Signac, Picasso, Redon, 
Hopper, Vlaminck, Morisot, 
Glackens, and Sloan. 

As President Glass became 
increasingly convinced of the im- 
portance ot art in the curriculum, 
she found a source in the 
Carnegie Foundation to fijnd the 
beginning ot stud\' of art at the 
College. (Witcombe, Alumnae 
Magazine, Fall 1984, p. 6). This 
grant helped Rmd art faculrv 
members and may have sup- 
ported some of the early exhibi- 
tions. Professor Witcombe 
believes that it was Miss 
Robinson's idea to establish a 
Friends of Art group "to foster 
art at Sweet Briar with the spe- 
cial intent of building up a fiind 
tor the purchase of original works 
of art to form a permanent col- 
lection at Sweet Briar College. " 
{Alumnae Magazine, Fall 1984, p. 
6). In its first year, the Friends 
grew to 122 members and in 
1937, the art department major 
was appro\'ed b}' the tacult\". In 
the same year, the College 
emerged from the red, and Meta 
Glass created the "Original 
Paintings Fund," used to pur- 
chase art until, in 1942, World 
War II economizing prohibited 
such expendimre. The legacy of 
the first phase of the Friends of 

Art was a significant number of 
fine oil or watercolor paintings 
acquired for the College, includ- 
ing our Prendergast, Moran, 
Glackens, Cadmus, Corbino, 
Feininger, Burchfield, and Hurd. 
The cardinal accomplishment 
of the reestablished Friends of 
Art was the renovation of the 
Refectory into a home for the art 
collection. A SI. 5 million project, 
the opening of the Pannell 
Galler)' in fall 1984 was a major 
milestone in the effort to en- 
hance the art collection begun 50 
years earlier. The next step was to 
create programs to integrate the 
collection into the curriculum. 
The Friends of Art were vital in 
this endeavor. The\' sponsored 
symposia (one on collecting, an- 
other on architecture), and orga- 
nized a Christie's Disco\'er\' Dav 
at Sweet Briar. They instituted 
two meetings per year, making 
the spring meeting an occasion to 
host a major speaker. In 1992, 
the Friends began holding the 
fall meeting in cities with thriv- 
ing art markets (New York, 
Chicago, Washington, Boston), 
to seek out works of art in re- 
sponse to identified needs. They 
have added steadily to the collec- 
tion, working in association with 
the art and art histor}- facult}' to 
meet teaching needs. An impres- 
si\'e list of artists' names is the re- 
sult: Durer, Rembrandt, 
Delacroix, Robert Motherwell, 
Louise Bourgeois, Sallv Mann, 
MarkTobe)-, Faith Ringgold, 
Alison Saar, and others. Through 
their efforts, the Friends created 
greater awareness ot the art col- 
lection and its needs, which en- 
couraged a number of generous 
individuid donors to contribute 
works to the collection. Notable 
among these are Mr. and Mrs. 
Victor Henningsen, Sr. and Mr. 
and Mrs. Victor Henningsen, Jr. 
(Ma\'de Ludington '48), Judge 
Dunne (father of Alison Dunne 
Harrison '35), Dr. Sadie Patek, 
Miss Ruth M. Smith, the Pitts- 
burgh Alumnae Club, the Class 
of 1958, Cordelia Penn Cannon 
'58, Mr. and Mrs. Charles 


Sweet Briar College Alumnae Maga:i\e ■ Spring 1999 

Prendergast, Mr. and Mrs. 
William H. Singer, Ferdinand 
Leger, Jane Roseberry Tolleson 
'52, Magda Salvesen '65, and nu- 
merous others. Also, the Friends 
of Art Collector's Circle (Life 
Members of Friends of Art) pro- 
vides particular support to new 
acquisitions, as do faithfiil 
Friends members who contribute 
on a year-to-year basis. 

During the 1970s, the Friends 
of Art lobbied to establish a per- 
manent staff position tor an art 
galler)' curator; this was achieved 
as the Pannell Gallery opened. 
The first curator, Constance 
Bowen, faced major tasks, includ- 
ing reclaiming works which had 
been placed in the care of many 
campus offices, creating an acces- 
sioning system, conducting re- 
search into the origins ot the 
objects, setting up object files in 
fire safes, establishing standard 
art gallery operating procedures 
in keeping with poHcies set by 
the American Association of 
Museums, and assuming respon- 
sibility for the annual e.xhibition 
program which had been man- 
aged on a rotating basis by art 
and art history hiculty. Her suc- 
cessor, Carma Fauntleroy, contin- 
ued these efforts and secured 
funding from the National En- 
dowment for the Arts and other 
sources to support an art conser- 
vation survey and to establish a 
fund for conservation. This fund 
was designated to stabilize and 
clean the treasury ot paintings ac- 
quired in the College's early 
years. Faunderoy started the stu- 
dent art gallerv' docents program 
and developed the annual Arts 
Day program in conjunction with 
the Sweet Briar Museum and 
Amherst County Public Schools. 

Today, the art collection is 
used across the curriculum, serv- 
ing the departments of art history 
and studio art, and also the de- 
partments of history, classical 
studies, philosophy, and anthro- 
pology. With the Friends of Art 
focus since the early 1990s on 
works by contemporary women, 
Laura Pharis, associate professor 

of studio art, has used the collec- 
tion to illustrate contemporary 
movements and media. This part 
of the collection is now large 
enough to afford students in Pro- 
fessor Diane Moran's "Later 
Twentieth Century Art" class to 
write annual term papers on 
works from our collection. Pro- 
fessor Aileen Laing uses selected 
works from the collection regu- 
larly to illustrate movements in 
her "Introduction to Art Histor\'" 
course. Professor Christopher 
Witcombe used the collection as 
the basis for his class, "Art and 
Artists," taught in fall 1997; his 
students selected works for the 
accompanying exhibition, wrote 
papers on them which were 
linked to the associated world- 
wide website, and gave a public 
presentation at the end of the se- 
mester. Art history major Dana 
Bordvick '98 completed an arts 
management practicum assisting 
the "Art and Artists" class and 
acting as curatorial assistant to 
Professor Witcombe. 

Since 1995, with the support 
of the Honors Program, ad- 
vanced students have undertaken 
curatorial projects which have re- 
sulted in exhibitions and associ- 
ated catalogs. English major/art 
history minor Autumn Mather 
'97 was the first student to take 
on an honors research fellowship 
using the collection. Her exhibi- 
tion, "From the Golden Valley to 
the Silver Screen," featured 
American art and linked themes 
in the visual arts to themes in 
American literature ot the same 
period. Many of those acquisi- 
tions from the 1930s and 1940s 
were central works in her exliibi- 
tion. The next summer, Karla 
Liebl Faulconer '00, working 

with Judith Evans Gnibbs, asso- 
ciate professor ot classical studies, 
identified and classified the col- 
lection of ancient Greek and 
Roman artifacts, organizing them 
into an exhibition, Akalypta. The 
Akalypta exhibition is a lasting 
legacy, serving as the basis for the 
annual third-grade tours. Mary 
Lea Martin '98 developed one el- 
ement of this tour program dur- 
ing an arts management 
practicum: she created the work- 
sheets, and the outdoor architec- 
tural treasure hunt which serves 
to introduce children to the ele- 
ments of classical architecture, 
using Sweet Briar's Cram build- 
ings. These activities together 
with a third, the "Odyssey 
Game," help Amherst Schools 
meet third-grade Virginia Stan- 
dards of Learning. For the past 
three years, student docents have 
given tours of the Akal\'pta exhi- 
bition and led the architecmral 
treasure hunt. Their voluntary 
contributions aid the College in 
its Partners in Learning relation- 
ship with Amherst schools. This 
year, Julia Paris '99 and Emilv 
Poore '99 organized exhibitions; 

Robert Motherwell, American 

Elegy Black Blxk 1982-3 
lithograph from three alu- 
minum plates printed in black, 
opaque white, and black. 
Artist's Proof edition l/XIV, 1 5" x 
37 3/4" Gift/Purchase from the 
Dedalus Foundation, Inc. by 
the Friends of Art, 1998.003. 
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Inc./licensed bv VAGA, New 


interpreted representations of 
women in our Japanese wood- 
block prints, wrote a catalog and 
created a web page; histor)' major 
EmUy Poore organized "Trash or 
Treasure: The Archaeologv of 
Sweet Briar's Early Days." With 
such programs, we continue to 
reinforce and enrich the early 
goal ot the College — "to bring 
ideas which are shaping our 
world to Sweet Briar students" — 
through hands-on contact with 
important books, people, and 
works of art, with the added 
bonus ot today's electronic re- 

Florence Robinson said that 
students who undertake art dis- 
cover "that the study of art is a 
disciplined, orderly procedure as 
well as an experience of beauty" 
(Ward, Alumnae Magazine, 
Fall 1984, p. 17). She and Meta 
Glass would most certainly 
agree that Sweet Briar's ever- 
expanding art collection is a 
primary resource tor understand- 
ing the world and the language 
of art. 

A Message from Lynn Pearson Russell '69, 
president of the Friends of Art: 

There is nothing that can replace the experience ot seeing great 
works of art in the original, and that is what the Friends of Art at 
Sweet Briar are committed to.. .the acquisition of original art for 
the collection of the College. Since its inception in 1935 the 
Friends have purchased and given original pieces of sculpmre, 
painting, and graphics from an engraving by Diirer and an etching 
of Rembrandt to a lithograph by Robert Motherwell and an illus- 
trated book by Louise Bourgeois. 

Please help us continue that tradition with strength and convic- 
tion. Sweet Briar deserves the best. To join the Friends of Art, 
contact Rebecca Massie Lane, Director of College Galleries and 
Arts Management, Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, VA 24595. 
804-381-6248. E-mail: 

Sweet Brnar College Alumnae Magazine ■ Spring 1999 



The 1 999 Winter Forums 

By Michael D. Richards 

Hattie Mae Samford Professor of History 

Chair, 1999 Winter Forums Committee 

Sweet Briar College 

We are now very close 
to what most of us re- 
gard as the beginning 
point of the new millennium, 1 
January 2000. It seems that it 
must be a magical, liminal mo- 
ment, the moment we cross the 
threshold irom one millennium 
to the next. What are we to make 
of it? 

Television and newspapers 
have bombarded us with stories 
about the Y2K bug and, less 
often, articles about predictions 
of the coming Apocalypse. 
Scholars have informed us that 
the true beginning of the new 
century and new millennium is 1 
January 2001 (this is why Stanley 
Kubrick's great film is called 
2001). And we have learned what 
an arbitrary artifact our calendar 
is and how it was flawed from 
the very beginning (Little Den- 
nis, the 6th-century monk who 
decided to use the birth of Jesus 
as the beginning point of this era, 
apparendy miscalculated by four 

We have heard less about fin 
de sii'cle and fin de milletuiium. In 
the 1890s, along with optimistic 
predictions of continued and un- 
limited progress, there was much 
talk of decadence, decline, and 
degeneration. And, to be sure, it 
was a period fdled with eccentric 
people who loved to think they 
were wicked and perverse. While 
we have had plenty of bad news 
in the last few years, Iraq, eco- 
nomic crisis in much of Asia, im- 
peachment of the president, we 
nevertheless seem to be neither 
fearfiil nor particularly optimistic 
about what might lie ahead. 
Last spring, Louise Zingaro, 

director of the Alumnae Associa- 
tion, asked me if I wanted to fol- 
low up on an earlier proposal for 
a Winter Forums series that fo- 
cused on the new mUlennium. I 
did indeed, but when I went back 
to my original ideas, which called 
tor at least one talk about the 
1890s and some comparison be- 
tween that decade and the 1990s, 
I telt the approach was too nar- 
row. Under the influence of 
books Uke Paul Kennedy's 
Preparingfor the Twenty-First 
Century and various publications 
from the Worldwatch Institute, 
including the annual State of the 
World, I began to think it might 
be more fan and more worth- 
while to ask the simple question 
"What Next?" and find a few 
bright, articulate people to help 
us answer it. With the help ot 
members ot the Winter Forums 
Committee, we settled on a re- 
tired expert on international af- 
tairs from Charlottesville, a 
molecular biologist from Prince- 
ton, and a senior staff member ot 
the Worldwatch Institute in 
Washington, D.C. 

Dr. Donald Nuechterlein, po- 
litical scientist and author, led off 
with a talk on "International 
Challenges to the United States 
in the New Millennium." His 
wide-ranging discussion focused 
on tour major areas. The first 
concerned the aU-too-familiar 
problem of rogue states such as 
Iraq and North Korea. In a sec- 
ond, very intriguing area, 
Nuechterlein dealt with problems 
that might be posed by states 
that are not necessarily antago- 
nistic to us. Russia, he noted, is 
not presendy a militar)' threat, 

but it has considerable capacit)' to 
cause mischief for us in interna- 
tional bodies such as the United 
Nations' Security Council. 
Nuechterlein warned against 
playing into the hands of Russian 
Communists and Nationalists by 
pursuing policies that seriouslv 
embarrass the current moderate 
government. In particular, he ad- 
vised against extending NATO to 
include the Baltic States and 
Ukraine. He also commented on 
the delicate situation ot Israel and 
the Palestinian Authority. Unless 
it is very carefiil, the United 
States may find itself in a posi- 
tion where it is impossible to 
please Israel or the Palestinians. 

A third concern for 
Nuechterlein was the meltdown 
of various Asian economies and 
also the potential coUapse of the 
Russian economy. He predicted 
that America's economy will un- 
doubtedly feel the effects of eco- 
nomic problems elsewhere, 
probably in certain sectors of the 
economy rather than across the 
board. In general, he foresaw a 
need to do some repairs on the 
global free trade structure. We 
can no longer take for granted 
that it wiU continue to function 
as we might wish it to in the 21st 

Finally, Dr. Nuechterlein 
warned of the dangers of what he 
called the "imperial instinct." 
This, briefly, is the temptation of 
policy makers to take advantage 
of our superior militar}' and eco- 
nomic strength and to "go it 
alone if necessary." This could 
lead to a militarization of foreign 
policy, in particular, a dependence 
primarily on air power to enforce 
our wUl. Nuechterlein closed by 
calling for a fiandamental re- 
examination of U.S. national 
interests and toreign policy as we 
move into the new millennium. 

Professor Lee Silver, professor 
ot molecular biology, ecology', 
evolutionary biology, and neuro- 
science, Princeton Uni\'ersir\', 
provided a fascinating glimpse 
into the world of reproductive 
genetics or "reprogenetics" in the 
second session. He began by not- 

ing he was not an advocate for 
any position. He merely wished 
to discuss what was happening 
and what might be allowed to 
happen in the fumre. 

Turning tlrst to DoUy the 
sheep and cloning. Professor 
Silver sought to dispel some pop- 
ular misconceptions. For exam- 
ple, cloning will not produce a 
copy ot an adult, as in the fdm 
Multiplicity. People born through 
this process will have their own 
identities in that they will grow 
up in difterent circumstances 
than the person from whom they 
were cloned. It is doubtfiil any 
nation will use cloning to create 
fanatically loyal, aggressive citi- 
zens since this is already possible 
and can be done much more 
cheaply and effectively through 
education. Instead, cloning wiU 
be used primarUv for the purpose 
ot having a child. 

Professor Silver explored a 
number of controversial areas in 
his discussion of gene manipula- 
tion. According to Silver, it will 
soon be possible to practice ge- 
netic engineering. Doctors will 
use preimplantation embrv'o di- 
agnosis to alert parents to poten- 
tial problems and then genetic 
engineering to solve many of 
them. As Silver noted, this poses 
some ethical dilemmas. Where 
does one draw the line? With the 
elimination of serious diseases? 
With efforts to protect a child 
from unhealthy tendencies such 
as alcoholism? With attempts to 
make her or him stronger, more 
intelligent, more outgoing? One 
intriguing possibility is that 
human beings are now close to 
being able to control their own 
evolution. Gene manipulation 
may eventually produce people 
utterh' different from humans 

Running through Professor 
Silver's talk were three overarch- 
ing themes. First, changes in 
medical and biotechnology' are 
taking place more rapidly than 
anyone might have thought pos- 
sible only a few years ago. Next, 
the demand for the new technol- 
ogy will result in doctors and sci- 


Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine ■ Spring 1999 

Introducing the Speakers: Jeffrey Key, associate professor, government (Donald Nuechterleini; Robin Davies, associate professor, biology (Lee Silver); Sang Hwang, di- 
rector, en\ ironmental studies iHilarv French). Photo identifications read l-r 

Donald Nuechterlein; Mike Richards; President Muhlenfeld; Jetf Key 

entists somewhere in the world 
meeting that demand. It will not 
be possible to prevent the use of 
new technolog\'. Finally, use of 
the new technolog)' will result in 
a conflict between justice and lib- 
em'. This, however, is a conflict 
that already exists. Parents always 
wish to provide their children 
with as man\' advantages as thev 
can. Parental love is a powerful 
force and difficult to deny. 

This superb talk left the audi- 
ence feeling on the cutting edge 
of reprogenetic developments and 
more than a little dizzy from Ri- 
ture prospects. 

Hilary F. French, \'ice presi- 
dent for research, Worldwatch 
Institute, closed the Forums, em- 
phasizing the crucial importance 
of environmental concerns in the 
next millennium and the corre- 
sponding need for international 

After introducing population 
growth and the expansion of the 
global economy as major under- 
lying trends, Ms. French briefly 
reviewed some of the indications 
that serious emironmental prob- 
lems lie ahead. These include 
global warming, deforestation, 
loss of biodiversitN', problems with 
ocean fisheries, and a series of 
developments that may limit food 
production in the fijture. 

On the positive side, she 
called attention to the rise in in- 
ternational environmental treaties 
since 1950. In particular, the high 
level of activity at the Earth 
Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 
1992 and since, and the high vis- 
ibility of environmental issues in 
the '90s has at least put environ- 
mental issues on the world 

agenda. While the issues are now 
more visible than ever before, 
there has been relatively little ac- 

The 1987 Montreal Treaty, 
designed to eliminate the produc- 
tion of chloroflurocarbons 
(CFCs), offers a kind of warning, 
according to Ms. French. Despite 
its success in eliminating the pro- 
duction of CFCs by most na- 
tions, problems associated vyith 
depletion of the ozone layer will 
continue for some time. The 
treaty probably should have come 
at least a decade earlier This in- 
dicates that continued delay in 
implementing the 1992 U.N. 
Framework Convention on Cli- 
mate Change and 1997 Kyoto 
Protocol may have disastrous re- 
sults in the future. 

It is important to coordinate 
the \vork of the many interna- 
tional institutions capable of 
helping solve environmental 
problems. These include the 
United Nations, the World Bank, 
the International Monetary Fund 
and the World Trade Organiza- 
tion. Also, it is vital to enlist the 
international business commu- 
nity, which controls enormous 
private capital flows in the global 
econom\-, in efforts to deal with 
environmental problems. Non- 
governmental organizations 
(NGOs) have recognized the im- 
portance of private capital and 
with the help of the new infor- 
mation technology have begun to 
concentrate their efforts in this 

Ms. French concluded that 
the enormity of globd environ- 
mental problems required in- 
creased cooperation among 

Robin Davies; Lee Silver 

nations and different approaches 
from global institutions like the 
World Bank, and also a substan- 
tial amount of im'estment on the 
part of the international business 
communitv'. The challenge posed 
by global environmental prob- 
lems will Ukeh' be the major issue 
of the first part of the new mil- 

Winter Forums 1999 turned 
out, for me at least, to be an ex- 
traordinary learning opportunity. 
It certainly encouraged me to 
think there is such a thing as life- 
long learning. It's my fond hope 
that others who came to one or 
more of the talks had a similar 

Each speaker gave freely of 
his or her time while on campus; 
man\' of us had the opportunity' 
to talk informally with one or an- 
other speaker. In particular, we 
had wonderfiil dinners where the 
people who would introduce the 
speaker the following day had an 
opportunity to get to know that 
person better. At the dinner tor 
Professor Lee Silver, it soon be- 
came apparent that Professor 
Robin Davies and Professor Sil- 
ver had been at many of the same 
universities and research insti- 
tutes at about the same time, had 
many friends and colleagues in 
common, and had even once 
upon a time attended the same 

The luncheons that followed 
each talk were, if possible, even 
better than the dinners. There a 
large group, including faculty, 
staff, students, members of the 
Winter Forums Committee, and 
other guests, could sit around the 
table in the dining room of Sweet 

Hilary French; Sang Flwang 

Briar House and engage in wide- 
ranging conversations with the 
speaker and each other. In effect, 
each luncheon became the best 
kind of seminar imaginable. 

For the Winter Forums to 
succeed as an educational enter- 
prise, as it has tor nearh' 30 }'ears, 
a tremendous amount ot work on 
the part of many people is re- 
quired. We've listed a few of 
them here: members of the Win- 
ter Forums Committee and those 
who introduced the speakers for 
this year's series. There are many 
others who, \'ear after year, do the 
work that makes the Winter Fo- 
rums happen, without any 
thought ot public recognition. I 
would like to take this opportu- 
nity to thank them, for helping 
with this year's program and for 
all the\' ha\'e done in the past to 
make the Winter Forums an oc- 
casion so man\' in the surround- 
ing area look forward to every 
year. They are the kind of peo- 
ple — and Winter Forums is the 
kind of event — that make Sweet 
Briar what it is. 

Members of the 1999 
Winter Forums Committee: 
Michael D. Richards, chair 
Jacqueline A. Dawson 
Monica F. Dean 
)ohn C. Farnandez 
Jeffrey E. Key 
Susan C. Lehman 
George Lenz 
Cecilia A. Moore '88 
Noreen Parker 
John A. Pelissier 
Debbie Shrader 78 
Louise Swiecki Zingaro '80 


Sweet Briar College Allimnae Magaiime ■ Spring 1999 



Good Press! 

1 -26-99: Payoff already from 
the Alumnae Magazine. I got a 
call this a.m. from Christie Watson 
'93, who is a technical recruiter. 
She saw the article ("New Com- 
puter Science Major"] in the mag- 
azine and wants the opportunity to 
interview seniors for jobs; I'll fol- 
low up with her. 

— Bob Chase [Professor, Math- 
ematical Sciences! 

Top Notch 

Congratulations! The recent 
(Winter '99| edition is top 
no(c/i!... Thanks for a fine publica- 
— Carolyn Martindale Blouin '30 

Distress over Class Notes 

I write to express my distress at 
the decision to cut down Class 
Notes. 1 realize you have financial 
and space constraints, but, no 
matter how excellent the copy in 
the body of the magazine, alum- 
nae go to Class Notes first! 

You're producing a first-class 
publication and I enjoy reading 
what is going on with prominent 
alumnae and about activities on 
campus. On the other hand, the 
magazine is the main line of 

communication for the College 
with the alumnae; they want 
(news of] their classmates! We've 
established a relationship with 
each other through the notes. 

I fear my correspondents will 
decide it's not worth the effort to 
write... if all they get to read is two 
lines about themselves or their 
friends. I revised my last column 
but it's nearly impossible to distill 
news from 26, often more, class- 
mates into 1,000 words; that's 
fewer than 40 words per person. 

I've been class secretary for 
more years than I care to 
count... and was elected to the 
post ad nauseum at Reunion, so 
have some "feel" for what alum- 
nae want in their magazine. ..I've 
put a lot of myself in the magazine 
over the last 40 years and been a 
loyal alumna, doing as much as I 
could at the various stages of my 
life. I really care about this publi- 
cation and appreciate the prob- 
lems you face... and hope you will 
reconsider the decision to abbrevi- 
ate Class Notes. 

— Jane Shipman Kuntz '58 

lane: Results of 3 surveys/year for 13 years 
uphold your "Class Notes first!" statement. 
Our dilemma is real. We're working on it. 
Thanks for being in louch.-ed. 


My thanks for the fantastic SBC 

— Laurel LeStrange '91 

Fax to Alumnae Association 
Director Louise Zingaro 

The SBC Winter Alumnae Mag- 
azine has just come and it is ex- 
cellent! Congratulations to you 
and all those who worked on 
it. ..Thank you all. 

— Sara Finnegan Lycett '61 


...IMaryAbrams] did SUCH a 
great job on the ("Excellence In 
Teaching"] article. In fact, the 
whole magazine was magnificent, 
and I offer my kudos... to you and 
your staff... 

— Melissa Henning '99 

Brilliant cover lured me inside... 

The latest magazine with its 
brilliant cover lured me inside to 
uncover the world approach of 
Sweet Briar — a clinging vine of 
tradition and a capsule into space. 
Magic... Ride on in majesty. Sweet 
Briar, Ride on. 

— Mary-Paulding "Miki" 
Murdock Martin '33 

Not Enough Space 

As class secretary: 1,000 words 
isn't enough space!!! I understand 
we now have only three issues a 
year instead of four, therefore we 
have more class notes in each 
magazine, but I think the space al- 
lotted for class notes should be in- 
creased since there are more in 
each issue. I know, I know... 
money — 

— Kerri Rawlings '97 

Have always felt Sweet Briar's 
teaching was excellent... 

I thoroughly enjoyed your most 
recent edition of the Alumnae 
Magazine, especially the article on 
"Excellence In Teaching." I have 
always felt Sweet Briar's teaching 
was excellent when I was there! 
It's nothing new! 

—Ruth Mealand Schwartz '40 

Suggestion for Class Notes 

Dawn Everett, 1 998's secretary, 
reported having a terrible time try- 
ing to shorten notes because she 
heard from 80 classmates! She 
suggested that in future to reduce 
cost but expand space, notes sec- 
tion be printed on less expensive 

Dawn: we'll pursue idea. -ed. 

Bui^LETiN Board 

Friends of Art Take Note 

The SBC Friends of Art and the 
Alumnae Association are co-spon- 
soring a fall trip, "Pleasures of 
Paris," November 6-14, 1999. 

SBC's Director of College Gal- 
leries and Arts Management Pro- 
gram Rebecca Massie Lane will 
accompany the group. Six nights 
in a charming 4-star hotel in the 
heart of the left bank. Included: 
curatorial visits to the Louvre and 
Musee D'Orsay; 2 full-day excur- 
sions to Fontainebleau and Vaux- 
le-Vicomte; and walking tours of 
the Marais and medieval districts. 
Guide: art historian Alice ]ouve, 
former faculty of the SBC Junior 
Year in France. 

Other Upcoming 
Alumnae College Tours 
"Italian Mosaic Cruise Aboard 
Sea Goddess I," June 25-July 7 

SBC President Elisabeth Muh- 
lenfeld & husband Larry Wollan 
accompanying; Guest lecturer 
SBC Professor of English Karl 

"Alumnae College in 
Scotland," August 4-1 2 

"Kenya Discovery: A 13-Day 
Wildlife Safari," January 16-28, 

May Day Exhibit 

We are creating an exhibit 
which will open fall 1999 in 
SBC's Pannell Gallen,', and will 
focus on the history and meaning 
of May Day, a Sweet Briar tradi- 
tion from 1907-1968. We are in- 
terested in collecting stories, 
photos, and objects associated 
with the May Day celebrations. 
We would like to hear from May 
Queens and their Courts, and 
from others who have memories 
of the entertainments, dances, 
dresses — anything you can tell us 
or send for the exhibit! We need 
vour inpLil! Please contact Dr. 
Amber Moncure, SBC, Sweet 
Briar, VA 24595. Phone: 804-381- 
6127; e-mail: moncureC" 

Are You A Chung Mung? 

The Chung Mungs of 1999- 
2000 want to fill gaps in informa- 
tion about lineage and traditions. 
If you were a Chung Mung while 
at SBC, please send information 
on traditions, stories, and lineage 
during your tapping year so we 
can update our records. Contact: 
Kathryn A. Wright, Box 1016, 
Sweet Briar, VA 24595, e-mail: 

Loren Oliver Memorial Fund 

The Friends ot Art plan to purchase 
works of art in Loren's memory If 
you are interested in contributing, 
please send check or contact: Devel- 
opment Office, Box G, Sweet Briar, 
VA 24595, (804)381-6161, 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine ■ Spring 1999 

Mini Reunions 

SanAntonio,TX, May 1998 

1952 gathers tor husbands' Class of '46 West Point Reunion 
Mary Crate Warren; Joanne Holbrook Patton 

Nell Dumas Herff; Gail Hall Swearingen; loanne Patton 

^ fvf^ ..e^. 

1986 celebrates mini in NY, August 1998 

Front: Elizabeth Callagher lettrey; Ava Spanier Deghetto 

Back: Beth Doyle Teare; Beth Ann Trapold New-ton; Lynn Mather Charette; Stephanie Hamilton 

Gregory; Allison Akeson Bond 

1949 in Holland, Ml, August 1998 

Mary Fran Brown Ballard, Marilyn Hopkins Bamborough at 
Marilyn's summer home on Lake Michigan 

New York City, September 1998 
1980 celebrates "The Big Forty" (Birth- 
day, that is!) 

Shannon Thompson Eadon; Lillian Sinks 
Sweeney; Susan Posey Ludeman: Eithne 
Broderick Cadin; Frances Root 

All photo identifications read l-r 
Abbreviations: BOD=Board of 
Directors member; AB=Alumnae 
Board member 

Sweet Briar College Alli\i\ae Magazine • Spring 1999 

SBC, October 1998 
Class of 1949 mini reunion for the in- 
stallation of sculpture, "Giving Us 
Wings," which will be dedicated in 
May in celebration of '49's 50th! 
Look for full coverage in summer/fall 

Front; Libbv Trueheart Harris; Mar\' 
Fran Brown Ballard 

Back: Bunny Barnett Brown; sculptress 
Ann Henderson Bannard; Margaret 
Talman Towers; President Muhlenfeld; 
Alice Trout Hagan; Walter Brown 

Class of 1960, November 1998 

Rehearsal dinner ot Ann Crowell Lemmon's son 

Keating Griffiss; Nina Wilkerson Bugg; Tucky McFall Ziebold; Ann Lemmon; 

Linda Sims Grady 

Class of 1997, Amherst, VA, November 1998 

Mini gathering lor the VMI-Cltadel game at home of KerrI Rawlings 

Susanne Nifong; Annette Dusenbury; Melanie Chriscoe; Alison Hall, AB; Sarah 

Betz; Kerri Rawlings, Assistant Director, Alumnae Association 

Washington, D.C. 
Event, February 1999 
Class of 1998: 

Chantel Bartlett; 
Blake Potter 

Cla^-s oi iMi) : Katie Cumerson, BOD; Ann MacDonald, Assistant Director, 
Alumnae Association; Kara Vlasatv 


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Los Angeles, CA — January '99 

Cocktail Reception to meet President Muhlenfeld at French Rags 

Salon, Carol Crowell Karm '63 & Barbara Sampson Borsch '59, 



Issaquah, WA— August '98 

Picnic at home of Nancy Morrow Lovell '52 

1^' row: lane Headstream Yerkes '60; Marge Eggers Perry '44; Club 
President Carol Barnard Ottenberg '60; Sally Skinner Behnke '44. 2^^" 
row: Barbara Munter Purdue '32. 

3''^ row: Julia Northrup '70; Susan Glass '59; Jill Causby Skerlak '89; 
Nancy Lovell, hostess. 

Colleen Bradley Bell '89; Stacie Ripley, prospective student; Mrs. 
Ripley; President Muhlenfeld. 

Charlotte, NC— August '98 

Back-to-School Luncheon at home of Frances Gilbert Browne '56 

Front: Ashley Johnson '02; Kelly Monical '02; Jill Triana '99; Gregor 
Lee '00; Elizabeth Melvin '99; Brook Tucker '02; Alicia Boldt '02; 
Emily Johnston '02. Back: Sarah Dorminey '99; Brandi Whitley '99. 

Polly Benson-Brown '58; Fran Brackenridge Neumann 
McNair Currie Maxwell '63. 

Columbus, OH— October '98 

Central Ohio alumnae enjoyed the "Chihuly Over Venice" Exhibit 

at the Columbus Museum of Art + Lunch at the Palette Cafe 

Cecilia Moore '88, AB; Betsy Butler '91, AB; Ram Pryor '67; Susan 
Jahn Mancini '64; Suzanne Butler (Betsy's mother); Betsy Kurtz Argo 
'67; Suzanne Fitzgerald Van Home '47; Muffy Hamilton Parsons '78. 

Jean Von Schrader Bryan '82; 
Gay Kenney Browne '82. 

Annette Harley Chappell '36; 
Nancy L. Golden '81. 

All photo identifications read l-r unless otherwise noted. 


BOD=Board of Directors member; AB=Alumnae Board member. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine ■ Spring 1999 

Club Corner 

San Francisco, CA — January '99 

Cocktail Reception honoring President Muhlenfeld 

at home of Mary Taylor Swing "58 

Sallv Gcdiliart '52. 

Tonia Macneil '68; Eugenia Dickey Caldwell '65, BOD; Randi 
Miles Long '66. 

Hagerstown, MD — November '98 

Alumnae Gathering at home of Mr./Mrs. Gary Clark, parents of 

Kerri Rawlings '97, Assistant Director, Alumnae Association 

Front: Kerri Rawlings; Beth Beckner '69. Back: Carole Clark, hostess; 
Helen Myers (Kerri's grandmother); Amy Cook '97; )oan Hobbs 
Spisso '72; Tricia Pheil Hawbecker '92. 


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Indianapolis, IN — December '98 

Sweet Briar Day Luncheon, Woodstock Country Club 

Front: Mary Virginia Grigsljy Mallett '49; Eleanor Wright Conway 
'32; Jane Rice McPherson '44. Back: Jesse W. Durham '96; Club Co- 
President lane Tatman Walker '60; Hostess Judv Brown Fletcher '71. 

Washington, D.C.— February '99 

Cocktail Reception honoring President Muhlenfeld at the Renais- 
sance Mayflower Hotel 

Cady Thomas '98; Bronwyn Beard '98; Sarah Nolton '98; Becky 
Moats '97. 


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Club President Maria Ward 
Estetania '69; Club Secretary 
Audrey Lahman Rosselot '48. 

SBC Director of Public Rela- 
tions Monica Dean; Jane 
Hutcherson Frierson '74. 


Sweet Briar College Allim\ae Magazine ■ Spring 1999 



Debbie Shrader 

Mitch Moore 

Elizabeth Cash 

Au Revoir to Deborah 
Snead Shrader '78 

After 19 years of devoted ser- 
vice to Sweet Briar, Debbie 
Shrader, executive assistant to 
the president, left in May to pur- 
sue her "other career" (manage- 
ment of husband Tom's law 
office) fiill-time. 

Debbie first joined the Col- 
lege staff in 1980 as research as- 
sociate in the development office, 
a position created at the onset of 
the Generations Campaign. She 
was named assistant director of 
the annual fond in 1984; assis- 
tant director ot development/di- 
rector of the annual fond in 
1987; assistant to the vice presi- 
dent for college relations/director 
ot the annual fond in January 
1989; and director of the cam- 
paign office for The Campaign 
tor Sweet Briar College in July 
1989. During these 10 vears, 
Debbie became well-known to 
coundess alumnae, parents, and 
triends of the CoUege. 

In 1990, she moved to the 
president's office as assistant to 
tormer president Barbara HUl. 
As President Muhlenfeld's exec- 
utive assistant since 1996, 
Debbie has served as a member 
of the College's senior staff and 
worked closely with the Board of 

The "greater Sweet Briar 
family" misses her expertise, wise 
counsel, sense of humor, and en- 
cyclopedic knowledge of Sweet 
Briar people and history. We said 

"Au Revoir," but not "Goodbye:" 
please, Debbie, be here every Re- 
union to say "Hello!" 

Mitchell L. Moore 
Leaves SBC for JMU 

Mitch Moore, who has served 
as Sweet Briar's vice president for 
development and college rela- 
tions for seven years, accepted 
the position of vice president for 
development at James Madison 
Universit}' in Harrisonburg, Vir- 
ginia, beginning his responsibili- 
ties there on April 1. We shall 
miss him. He infosed Sweet 
Briar's development program 
with a legacy of professionalism 
that stands the College in excel- 
lent stead. Under his leadership. 
The Campaign for Sweet Briar 
College (Kickotf, September 
1992, Richmond; Campaign 
Closing Celebration, September 
1994, Sweet Briar) exceeded its 
$35 million goal, becoming the 
most successfiil campaign in the 
College's histor)'. 

Mitch's extensive experience 
in the private sector at the Uni- 
versity of Richmond and Sweet 
Briar, where development pro- 
grams have been part of the psy- 
che for decades, will be applied 
to a newer, transitional develop- 
ment program at a growing pub- 
lic university, where it is certain 
that his footprint in building the 
program wiU be significant to the 
foture of that institution. Our 
best wishes for happiness and 
folfiUment in foture endeavors go 

with Mitch, Sharon, and their 
children, Virginia, Allan, and 
brand-new daughter Rachel 
(born January 19) as they settle 
into a new life in Harrisonburg. 

Elizabeth Reid Cash: 
Assistant Director of 
the Annual Fund 

Elizabeth Cash Joined the de- 
velopment staff as assistant direc- 
tor of the annual fond in 
September 1998. She is a 1991 
graduate of the University of 
Richmond, where she majored in 
speech communications. 

Previously Elizabeth held po- 
sitions in the front office and the 
reservations office ot the Hyatt 
Richmond Hotel (1993-94), and 
was account representative 
(1994-96) and then account 
manager (1996-98) at Media 
Post Marketing, a direct mail ad- 
vertising company in Richmond. 

Her move to Sweet Briar was 
like coming home to Elizabeth, 
who grew up in Lynchburg, 
"spending time with many rela- 
tives in Amherst County." She 
"loves the Blue Ridge Moun- 
tains" and enjoys camping. 

Very much a "people person," 
she enjoys her close contact with 
SBC students during the twdce- 
a-year phonethons she oversees, 
and with alumnae volunteers 
("who are grentl") for the annual 

Joseph Gilchrist 

With great sadness we report 
the January 21 death of Joseph 
Alexander Gilchrist, Jn, whose 
first close connection with Sweet 
Briar probably came through fos 
late sister, Elsetta "Beebe" 
GUchrist Barnes '27, a devoted 
alumna who oversaw much of the 
early landscaping of the campus. 

Known as "Papa Joe" to gen- 
erations of faculty/staff children 


joe Gilchrist 

and students, he joined the SBC 
community in 1947 as superin- 
tendent of the Sweet Briar Farm. 
In 1965, he was appointed to the 
new position of Manager of Nat- 
ural Resources. Retiring in 1971, 
he continued to provide consult- 
ing services to the College. 

Joe Gilchrist received a B.S. 
degree in forestry from Yale Uni- 
versity in 1928. He joined the 1st 
United States Cavalry from his 
native Cleveland, Ohio, serving 
as a major during World War II 
in Germany. 

He was preceded in death in 
1988 by his wife, Edna Lee Cox 
Gilchrist '26, a former president 
ot the Alumnae Association, 
member of the Board of Over- 
seers, and recipient of the Out- 
standing Alumna Award in 
1969, the second year the award 
was presented. Edna and Joe, 
married in March 1949, lived on 
campus in the Farm House for 
many years; their warm hospital- 
ity to the SBC campus tamUy, 
alumnae, and friends of the Col- 
lege, knew no bounds. 

They are survived by two 
daughters, Judith Lee Cox 
HoUohan, Arlington, Virgima, 
and Joan Cox Danzansky, 
Washington, D.C., and three 
grandchildren, Michael and 
Katharine Danzansky and 
Thomas HoUohan. 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • Spring 1999 


T R A N -^ 1 T 1 O N S 

Ethel DeVol 

Ethel DeVol 

Mrs. Ethel Clapper Sprankle 
DeVol died at her home on No- 
vember 21, 1998, at the age of 80. 
She was the wife ot the late Lentz 
Cline DeVol, who was a professor 
of physics at Sweet Briar College 
for 16 years. Born in Roberts\'ille, 
Ohio, she was the daughter of the 
late Grover Clapper and the late 
Elta Huber Sprankle. 

The DeVols lived across from 
campus on Old Stage Road, 
where the\' continued to enjoA* 

their beautiftil gardens of vegeta- 
bles and flowers after both re- 
tired from the College, where 
Ethel was a member of the de- 
velopment office staff. 

Ethel ser\'ed a number of 
Amherst Count\' organizations 
and committees, was a long-time 
secretary' with the Emergencv 
Fuel Assistance Program tor the 
Elderly, and a member of the 
First Unitarian Church of 

The DeVols are survived bv 

four children, Janis DeVol Mc- 
Collim of Fairfax, Gam' D. 
DeVol ot Monroe, Donna DeVol 
McClean' ot Roanoke, and 
Leigh A. DeVol of Norridge, 
Illinois; Ethel's brother, Glenn 
Sprankle of Bourbonnais, Illi- 
nois; and six grandchildren, 
Jonathan Whaley, Robert P. 
McClear)', Melissa McClearv, 
Mar>- McClear)', Elise DeVol, 
and Christ^' DeVol. 

A memorial service was held 
November 28'" at First Unitar- 
ian Church, L\'nchburg. 

Recent Deaths 

ACAD Helen Babcock 

Mrs. John C. Nevins 
August 15, 1998 

ACAD BriceCill 

Mrs. lames T. Marriott 
August 22, 1992 

1918 lane Pratt 

Mrs. Walter S. Betts 
May 28, 1998 

1927 Dorothy Lauver 
Mrs. E. R. Leeder 

1928 Rose Berger 

Mrs. Coleman Griggs 
April 17, 1998 

1929 Dorothy Bortz 

Mrs. lohn H. Ballantine 
September 1 7, 1 998 

1929 Natalie Sidman 

Mrs. Herbert L. Smith, Jr. 
October 16, 1998 

1930 JaneCallison 

Mrs. E. Dana Smith 
December 1, 1997 

1 930 Cynthia Tanner 

Mrs. Willis C. Youens 

1932 Sarah Gracey 

Mrs. L. A. Haskell 
October 4, 1 998 

1934 Elizabeth Combs 

Mrs. Richard N. Carroll 
August 27, 1998 

1934 Dorothy Hutchinson 1940 

Mrs. A. S. Howe, Jr. 
August 1, 1998 

1934 Mary Moses 1940 
Mrs. Robert P. Lindsey 

June 9, 1998 

1935 Helen Jackson 1941 
Mrs. John J. Hagan 

July 5, 1998 

1935 Grace A. Langeler 1941 

Mrs. Vess E. Irvine 
August 2, 1997 

1935 Mary Smith 1942 

Mrs. E. C. lohnson, jr. 
September 3, 1998 

1935 Eleanor Tovvnsend 1943 

Mrs. John F. Trotter 
February 1 996 

1935 Mary T. Whipple 1943 
Mrs. Donald R. Clark 

December 2, 1998 

1936 Frances Baker 1944 
Mrs. Wilson G. Lamb, IV 
Septembers, 1998 

1937 Sara Kirkpatrick 1944 
Mrs. John M. Fearing 

January 1999 

1938 Louisa Grace 1945 
Mrs. Charles L. Prince 
November 4, 1 998 

1938 Llewellyn Griffith 1946 
Mrs. Griffith Longstaff 

October 28, 1998 

1939 Mary Louise Simpson 1946 
Mrs. B. Franklyn Bulkley 
November 25, 1998 

Jean Blount 

Mrs. S. Gilbert Blount, Jr. 

July 15, 1998 

Mary Sue Kilham 
Mrs. Kilham Davis 
May 21, 1998 

Anita Loving 
Mrs. William F. Lewis 
October 6, 1998 
Anna Whitaker 
Mrs. Joseph C. Bartel 
January 11, 1999 

Mary Wheat 

Mrs. Thonias I. Crowell III 

January 11, 1999 

Mary Carter 

Mrs. Harrv L. Richardson, Jr. 

December 17, 1998 

Ruth Willis 

Mrs. Claude F. Leaman, Jr. 

October 22, 1998 

Beverly Holleman 

Mrs. Anthony H. Richard, )r. 

September 1 8, 1 998 

Persis Joan Ladd 
Mrs. James K. Herold 
April 11, 1998 

Sybille M. Spurlock 

Mrs. S. S. Broussard 


Betty Ann Bass 

Mrs. George B. Norris 

December 14, 1997 

Betty Anne Gaines 
Mrs. Thomas L. Myer 
June 17, 1998 

1946 Ellen Thackray 

Mrs. G. Napier Wilson 
Septembers, 1998 

1948 Joyce Ra ley 

Mrs. John R. De Bergh 
October 28, 1998 

1949 Cami lie Moss 
Mrs. Watson Tebo 
October 26, 1998 

1952 BertaA. Russ 

Mrs. Joseph John Summerell 
November 27, 1998 

1953 Faith Catlin 

Mrs. Robert H. Peters 
November 26, 1998 

1956 EveAltsheler 
Mrs. Eve Jay 
November 24, 1998 

1957 Anne Richardson 
Mrs. David B. Worthy 
November 29, 1998' 

1962 Lynne Rynders 

Ms. Lynne Rynders Welch 
August 12, 1998 

1967 Lorna C. Christensen 

Mrs. Dameron M. Black 
September 26, 1998 

1975 Barbara Lisa Mears 

Mrs. James V. Champeaux 
August 1 7, 1 998 

It you wish to write to a member of 
the family of someone recently de- 
ceased, please contact the Alum- 
nae Office for name and address. 


Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • Spring 1999 

CiASs Notes 


President: Eleanor Alcoft Bromley 

Secretary: Martha Lou Lemmon 


Fund Agent: Elizabeth Bond Wood 

As )ane Morrison Moore Leak ob- 
serves, "Sueet Briar days seem more 
vivid than last summer." And don't you 
know, the office's request last summer for 
a personal note on cards to you some- 
how became un-vivid and I forgot. So 
the card got signed "Martha Stohlman" 
which sure ain't me. Remember "Lou?" 
That's me. 

jane is a swimming, golfing 85-yr-old 
who conducts Bible class for "a group of 
girls in their 40s and 50s." And she's 
going to the Van Gogh exhibit in Dec, 
The thought of those 1 99,999 other 
ticket holders makes me limp. Nancy 
Russell Carter, another stout-hearted 
classmate, reports a spectacular trip to 
AK, with her 4 older children. (Took the 
two juniors camping last year.) She ad- 
mits that the loss of sight in an eye inter- 
feres with depth perception at tennis. (Do 
you remember that Arthur Fiedler, after 
his Boston Pops concert for us in Man- 
son, picked up Nan's program and was 
impressed to find a penciled analysis of 
complicated rhythms in the Brandenburg 
Concerto they had played?) Nancy was a 
pianist as well as a rider, star hockey 
player, etc. 

Ruth Myers Pleasants' family is help- 
ing to fill the gap from her husband's 
death in Feb. In Jan. she hopes to ac- 
company a granddaughter, with an archi- 
tectural degree fresh from Harvard, to 
Vienna and Paris. Thanksgiving in 
Philadelphia will bring her to another 
granddaughter. Ruth also attended the 
weekend celebration of Lib Scheuer 
Maxwell's 85th birthday. "She's as styl- 
ishly dressed and glib of speech as ever," 
says Ruth. Lib herself reports spending a 
week each in New York, Toronto, and 
Dallas. If you've followed TV programs 
of disaster, appalling but fascinating, did 
the one on earthquakes remind you that 
our friend Lib was in Tokyo in 1 923 and 
lost her father in the immense tremor? 

Elizabeth Mayfield Roughton, to us 
"Smut" because she'd lived in Pitts- 
burgh — a name that her cousin, Meta 
Glass, refused to use — is still driving all 
over with her husband. Trips to New 
England and VVI were "hot and beauti- 
ful," she says. She finds plenty of Sweet 
Briar companions at Westminster-Canter- 
bury in Richmond where they live. 
Helen Hanson Bamford thinks "we 
could have a good laugh comparing our 
ailments at 86." Dear Hanson — always 
hearty and good for a laugh! She's still 
"too busy to bother getting a hearing- 
aid." And misses my "dear stepmother- 
in-law who for years drove back and 
forth with me to FL." Helen Hoffecker 
Roehm postponed answering my card 
"hoping for something new and exciting 
to happen." But it didn't. Meanwhile she 
"travels extensively via TV and books 
while dust mites revel in mv lack of at- 
tention." Marjorie Van Evera Lovelace 
and her husband El are cutting down on 

travels and had to miss Madagascar. 
Shucks! But they've been everywhere 
else. Anne Corbitt Little got to Europe 
and rode through the chunnel. "You 
barely notice it," was her observation. 
{Remember a cartoon when it was under 
construction: on the ceiling inside was a 
sort of washbasin plug with chain hang- 
ing down. The sign bv it read, "En cas de 
guerre tirez."i 

Dot Turno Gardner, three times a 
great-grandmother, is a super club-lady 
with membership in Stanford's Commit- 
tee of Art, a play reading group, three 
bridge groups and another for dominos. 
Right on. Dot! Marcia Morrison Curtis. 
alumna president of our class, went oft to 
TX and hasn't been seen since — at least 
not by me. She's now on the Resident's 
Council of her retirement home, which 
she loves — "something going on all the 
time." Her great grandchild weighed in 
at an impressive 11 lb. 3 oz. 

Except for a good Feb. fortnight in St. 
Kitts and Nevis with my daughter 
Suzanne, lex '72) my excitements have 
come largely from the printed page. I've 
had a strenuous year with Into Thin Air, 
A Walk in the Woods, The Perfect Storm. 
and Off the Map, about a wild bike ride 
across Siberia. If you ever wish you'd 
gone to West Point instead of SBC, a 
look at In the Men's House will take care 
of that but it's interesting. Mv present en- 
thusiasm is The Ninth Part of Desire b\ 
Geraldine Brooks, a fascinating revela- 
tion of Muslim women. 

Well, who ever thought that we 
would be old dolls of 85! But here we 


President: Blair Bunting Both 
Secretary: Adelaide Boze Glascock 
Fund Agent: Betty Frantz Roberts 

You will read the Class Letter only 
once a year in the spring alumnae maga- 
zine. Sad news first. Our beloved May 
Queen, Beth Thomas Mason, passed 
awa\ in 8/98, Margaret Woodward 
Countess in March, Kitty Hill Apperson 
in Feb., and Lois Fernley McNeil in 
March. Betty Ivins ("Ivy") Haskins' hus- 
band. Bill, also passed away in March. 

Jinny Allison Haywood sees Jean Er- 
skine Harris almost daiK in Raleigh and 
visited recentiv with Cynthia Noland 
Young and Karl and Georgia Herbert 
Hart. Georgia's granddaughter, Alice 
Hart, is a junior at Sweet Briar with a 
double major, history and art. Take heart, 
golfers — Georgia is still playing in tour- 
naments particularly the Women's State 
Championship in Charleston which she 
helped organize 50 years ago! She uses 
her putter in place of a cane when on 
the course. Cynthia and Karl's six prog- 
eny visited despite the hurricanes. Their 
daughters, Marv and Ann, called on 
Phoopy Burroughs Livingston and Henrv 
who have retired to Henry's family estate 
on the Hudson River. There was an arti- 
cle in a recent edition of the NVT about 
Henry and the Livingston family of New 
York. The Speaker of the House who re- 
signed, Robert Livingston, is a distant 

cousin of Henr\. 

Blair Bunting Both and Rich love liv- 
ing at Crosslands, a continuing care facil- 
ity in Kennel Square, PA and are thankful 
to be able to continue work: Rich at 
Longwood Gardens Experimental Green- 
house and Blair at Del. Hospice. Blair is 
so happy to have Connie Currie Fleming 
and El in nearby Lancaster for the sum- 
mer. The Flemings are in FL for the win- 
ter. Jane Bush Long's husband has been 
in poor health, but not pain, and family 
and friends are very supportive, Marion 
Phinizy Jones came from CA from a fam- 
ily visit as did Mariana Bush King and 
Bob. Helen Cornwell Jones and Homer 
Daniel took the "plunge" iher descrip- 
tion! and sold their wonderful house in 
Princeton and moved to a beautiful re- 
tirement community. Meadow Lakes, in 
Hightstown N| situated on 103 acres 
with seven lakes. Homer says they are on 
a constant cruise. Nancy Nalle Genung 
'37 wrote an interesting article at the 
time of the Joneses' move from Princeton 
about the "Chapel in the Pines" which 
they had created in the back of their 
property. Here there is a forest of White 
Pines with a thick ground cover of pine 
needles. For privacy this area is sur- 
rounded by a DuBois fence adding to the 
atmosphere of peace. On the west side 
of the property there is a small Japanese 
garden and a gazebo. There are a few 
weathered birdhouses that the Joneses 
placed on tree trunks with inspirational 
quotes such as "Make new friends, but 
keep the old. The new are silver, the old 
are gold." This contributes to making this 
truly a place for meditation and fulfiTl- 

Emory Gill Williams and Carrington 
had a beautiful summer in ME sailing, 
golfing, socializing, carefree joy and in 
the late fall will be cruising in the 
Mediterranean. This spring I was visiting 
the Kent-Valentine House in Richmond, 
h.q. of the Garden Club of Virginia, and 
noticed a bench in the garden in mem- 
ory of the late Jane Goolrick Murrell, 
President of the Garden Club of Virginia 
1978-1980 and 1984 recipient of the 
club's Massie Medal. 

Virginia Leggett Cameron continues 
to enjoy quilting and volunteering for 
Planned Parenthood in FL while Janet 
Martin Bennett spends winters in FL and 
summers in Indianapolis. Ruth Mealand 
Schwartz and Laurence after many years 
traveling around the world are now con- 
centrating on home and garden, looking 
forward to the erection of a greenhouse. 
Libby Mercer Hammond and Chris cele- 
brated their 61^' Anniversary with 9 
grandchildren and 6 great grands. Hort- 
ense Powell Cooper enjoyed two river 
trips — one on the Danube and one on 
the Po. Still in Shelbyville, TN she keeps 
busy with Colonial Dames, State Com- 
missions, gardening and socializing. 
Coming from Grosse Point, Ml, Keswick, 
VA and Sebastopol, CA, Agnes Spencer 
Burke's family gathers each summer at 
Squam Lake, NH. This summer Agnes 
loved having her grandson live temporar- 
ily with her in Washington. Lisa Pugh 
Worthing gels the prize for the most ex- 
otic travel this year: to London with the 

Canterbury Trust, talked with the Arch- 
bishop of Canterbury, stayed in Leeds 
Castle-later visited the Opera House in 
Manaus, Brazil 1000 miles up the Ama- 
zon River in the middle of a city with 
skyscrapers, monkeys everywhere. No 
roads, or buses. People use ferries to get 
around! Sounds unbelievable! Lastly to 
Montreal and Quebec to sing with the 
Bishop's choir of the Basilica of the As- 
sumption in Covington. Estelle Sinclaire 
sent a glowing review of The Glass of 
Corning by Tell and Jane Shandel. The 
reviewer wrote "At last we have a bril- 
liantly assembled factual history of Corn- 
ing glass and the people who made 
'Crystal City' the center of cut and en- 
graved glass production in the U.S." This 
is the 2"" edition of the book of which 
Tell wrote 17 of its 20 chapters and Ms. 
Shandel, Curator in Chief of the Corning 
Museum, wrote the remaining three. 

This was the year of the French for 
Jean Tyree Oseth who loured the Loire 
Valley with an Elderhostel group and 
then rented an apartment for a month in 
Avignon. She and Ruth Collins Henry at- 
tended lectures on archeology at the 
Smithsonian. Cards from Eve Williams 
Turnbull and Jane Westphalen Gray indi- 
cated they are still in the same place 
(Ch'ville, St. Louis) doing pretty much the 
same thing broken up now and then with 
a bit of traveling. The same might be said 
about Martha Janney Smith McGowan 
who claims she is fit as a fiddle at age 80 
walking two miles a day. Cannie Lan- 
caster Pasco and Merrill have a wedding 
of a grandson coming up and the Glas- 
cocks do as much traveling as they can. 

Anne Burr McDermott went on a 
"fascinating" Russian cruise with SBC, 
Yale and Brown. "Although no Briarites 
were our age, there were enough antique 
Yale and Browns so I didn't feel quite 
like the mother of us all." Then she's off 
to AZ for Nov. and the Virgin Is. for 


President: Clare Eager Matthai 
Secretary: Katy Parker Silverman 

Thanks to all who sent in the post- 
cards. It's clear that the class of 1943 is 
alive and well and very busy We had a 
small but successful reunion. Only 11 of 
us — Prentiss Jones Hale, Esther Jett Hol- 
land, Kitty Doar |ones, Clare Eager 
Matthai, Caroline Miller McClintock, 
Ann Jacobs Pakradooni and daughter 
Virginia, Frances Gregg Petersmeyer, 
Braxton Preston, Katy Parker Silverman, 
and Beth Dichman Smith, but we all fit- 
ted around one table so enjoyed getting 
reacquainted with each other. 

Tish Hall Schwartz writes from a new 
house in Rockport, TX that she has no 
news except poor health and a curb on 
traveling "which we hate." Margaret 
Swindell Dickerson is really retired now 
so had a nice trip in Sept. to Normandy 
the Loire Valley and Paris. She wntes, 
"The family is well and we are blessed." 

Dodi Cheatham James writes of a 
mini-reunion in NYC with Annabelle 
Forsch Prager, Peggy Roudin Weinberger 

Sv\'EET Bri.m^ College Alumnae Magazine • Spring 1999 


and Beth Dichman Smith al Annabelle's 
club. Dodi and her husband are planning 
an Oct. trip to London. Annabelie also 
describes the mini-reunion which she 
dubs the "Dodi Festival" and included a 
magic moonlit concert by the NY Phil- 
harmonic with her cousin, Carlos Mose- 
ley, former president of the orchestra 
who raised the money for a new and 
successful sound system for the park. 
Also visits to museums and galleries 
where "Dodi could well be a guest lec- 
turer — she has done so much reading." 
There was also a lively phone conversa- 
tion with former roommate Betty Potter 
Kinne Hillyer whose successful non- 
profit gift shop has moved to larger quar- 
ters. They had lunch with Beth Dichman 
Smith and Peggy Roudin Weinberger, 
"both bursting with energ\ and full of 
beans" ("Peggy hangs by her knees at the 
gym," while Beth swims almost every 
day). Annabelie is "still at it" with the 
children's books and New York Orches- 
tra Program. Her books are now avail- 
able through Random House. 

Anne Mcjunkin "Junk" Briber was 
sorry to miss the reunion but they were 
in the midst of a move Ironi their house 
on Amelia Island to a S''' floor apartment 
in an excellent retirement facilik' in )ack- 
sonville near the Mayo Clinic — "Our MD 
since it arrived in 1987. " Kitty Doar 
Jones describes a quiet summer but plans 
a trip in Oct. to Cape Cod, Martha's 
Vineyard and PKniouth where she hopes 
to see Brooks Barnes. She enjoved Pren- 
tiss tones Hale's visit after reunion. 
Nancy Bean Hector and Louis have sold 
their FL home and are settled in an apt. 
She has 7 grandchildren and is still work- 
ing hard al Planned Parenthood after fin- 
ishing a term there as chairperson. 

Mary Van Kriedt-Burns, daughter of 
Phyllis Publow Van Kriedt writes sadly 
that her mother passed awav 6/18/98. 
Phyllis was a member ot our class for 
one or two years. Nancy Pingree "Ping" 
Drake hated to miss the reunion. The 
reason was a conflicting commencement 
of one of her 1 3 grandchildren, the old- 
est of whom works in NYC and the 
youngest is one of three at Shipley's; two 
more entering college — Elizabeth at 
Wake Forest and Tucker at the Univ. of 
Richmond — southern bound. She says 
though her life is completely changed 
since the loss of her husband she man- 
ages to keep up with her interest in Edu- 
cation, Hospitals, Museums and above 
all her family — "the core of everything." 

Nancy Jameson Class had a wonder- 
ful vacation on Jamaica. All is well with 
her family and her two sons and their 
families live nearb\. Posy Hazard Potter 
played lots of tennis and bridge and had 
several short trips, mainly to family. Her 
eldest granddaughter is entering Rice 
Univ She's off to Long Island to visit a 
friend and take in the US Open. 

Barbara MacNeill Yow reports the sad 
news of the death of Weezie Woodruff 
Angst's husband lohn on 8/1 at Vero 
Beach, FL — "a great guy". Our condo- 
lences to Weezie and condolences also 
to lane Findlay Tate whose husband 
Charles died 5/97. She is on several 
church committees, and the Family Se- 
lection Committee for Habitat for Hu- 
manity She says the welcome mat is out 
for any '43 gals who might come to Sara- 

Catherine "Skip" Bracher Leggett 
writes all is well in Essex except for 
breaking her right arm hvice in 3 

months. She took her granddaughter to 
Greece and Turkey in |une. Her grand- 
daughter is a freshman at Duke. "Skip" 
enjoys retirement community living with 
so many nice and interesting people. 
Dorothy Campbell Maher and |im 
moved from her mother's home after her 
death to a retirement community in a 
suburb of St. Louis, where she used to 
live, and near her family. Thev are get- 
ling to know their 11 grandchildren (2- 
27) and enjoving a leisurely life style. 
Janice Fitzgerald Wellons was sorr\' to 
miss the reunion, which was due to 
carpal tunnel operations on both hands 
which she attributes to 7-hour a day 
practice followed by 40 years of teaching 
the piano. They finally finished rebuild- 
ing the house and yard hit bv hurricane 
Fran. Then her husband had shingles fol- 
lowed bv a quadruple bypass operation. 
Things are looking up know. Their grand- 
daughter is a junior at SBC and she and 
9 other SB girls are studying government 
this first semester at American Univ. in 
Washington D.C. Harriet Pullen Phillips 
and husband Ormsby had a trip to the 
West Coast to see daughter '2. Then 
Ormsby fell, breaking femur, and only 
now beginning to walk again. Kids very 

Brooks Barnes regrets missing the re- 
union hut says she does not travel far be- 
cause she has a dog "or rather he has 
me" who is 1 2 years old and a "good 
friend." Brooks received a call from 
Weezie (Woodruff) Angst who is in a 
very nice nursing home in FL to tell her 
that she had lost her husband (see 
abovei. Although Weezie is mostly in a 
wheelchair. Brooks said she sounded as 
young and spirited as ever. Brooks' 
cousin and husband were on the Swiss 
airplane that crashed off Nova Scotia. 
Brooks had a busv summer entertaining 
familv and friends and still lives in the 
house she was brought up in. Primrose 
Johnson Craven also regrets missing the 
reunion. She is busier than she wants to 
be with several town committees, an 
AAUW co-presidency but enjoys the 
beaches and ocean in the summer. Mar- 
guerite Hume continues teaching ESL to 
refugees, working as a docent in the 
Speed museum in Louisville and at Farm- 
ington, an historic home and of course 
the Red Cross. She saw Fayette McDow- 
ell Willett and Helen Lawton Mitchell. 
Fayette makes daily trips to see her hus- 
band, now in a nursing home, and Helen 
is a widow busily helping other family 
members. She says one consolation 
about getting older is seeing how re- 
silient our fellow alumnae are and how 
little they change over the vears. Fayette 
herself writes that she did escape for a 
cruise in the Spring — children needed a 
roommate for a 1 4 year-old grandson. 
Fayette sees all the local SBC alumnae 
often and she was going to Versailles, KY 
to have lunch with Norma Bradley 
Arnold. Elizabeth Shepherd "Shep" Scott 
continues to lead a very active life filled 
with lots of conimunitN' work and loves 
her retirement years, house, town and 
needless to sa\ family. She had a won- 
derful fall trip to England and Scotland. 
Caroline Miller McClintock writes that 
on a trip to Charlotte, she saw Martha 
jean Brooke '41 and Sally Schall '42, 
Mary Kathryn Frye Hemphill '45 at their 
summer home at Grandfather Mountain 
NC. She and husband Gales have en- 
joyed mini-jaunts to Hilton Head to meet 
friends and play golf and to Blowing 

Rock, NC and Hendersonville for more 
of the same. She enjoys courses at a 
local college and recommends such 
courses which are usually free to seniors. 
Our new president, Clare Eager Matthai 
spent the summer gardening and golfing 
but also had a family reunion in MD and 
a visit to Highlands, NC-a place high in 
the mountains and cool. She's anticipat- 
ing another reunion this fall — this time of 
the Matthai familv. 

Valerie Jones Materne, home in 
Washington, CT, enjoyed tennis, golf and 
traveling to an elderhostel in France. She 
is oft nov\' to GB on the QE2 to hear her 
brother sing in a choral group and a 
church choir, works in the library and 
food bank and dotes on her 12 grand- 
children (ages 3-30.1 Granddaughter 
number seven uill go to SBC. Sorrx' to 
miss reunion and hopes she'll be around 
for the 60"\ Betty Schmeisser Nelson 
and her husband Karl hiked in the NW 
Highlands of Scotland. She still helps re- 
tarded voung people, does clerical work 
for an aids hospice and takes inner city 
children on nature walks through the CT 
Audubon Sanctuarv. Prentiss Jones Hale 
talked to Pozy Hazard Potter but they 
couldn't get together as Pozy's schedule 
was so crowded. She would have come 
to the reunion with Shug had she known 
of it. As for me I taught my last histor\' 
class in Spring and now hope to find 
time for a writing project I've had in 
mind for some time. I am fortunate to 
have my daughters and their families liv- 
ing nearby and enjoy watching my three 
grandsons, ages 2-6 grow up. Hope to 
hear from you again next year along with 
those who couldn't write this vear. 


Co-Presidents: Bea Dingwell Loos, Ade 

Jones Voorhees 

Secretary: Polly Vandeventer Saunders 

Greetings classmates! I have instruc- 
tions to limit our newsletter. The Alum- 
nae Magazine is running out of space. So 
sorry — no little asides from me. On with 
the facts! Helen Graeff Ellerman from 
Harrisonburg is busv stocking their store 
"Candle Rays" and preparing for Christ- 
mas at the Lurav United Methodist 
Church. In |ulv she went to a music sem- 
inar in Norfolk where she saw Rosie 
Ashby Dashiell (Rosie in Norfolk but not 
at the music seminar!) Graeff seems to be 
the annual organist at SBC's Reunion 
Memorial Service. Leila Fellner Lenagh is 
moving from her house ol 40 \ears in 
Westport, CT to Flemington, N| uhere 
her daughter and her husband are build- 
ing an addition to their home including a 
large semi-detached apt. for the Lenaghs. 
Julia Bristow, the founder of the ButterfK 
SocietN' ol VA, has established a 3-acre 
Bristow ButtertK Garden at the Norfolk 
Botanical Gardens in her tamilv's mem- 
orv. Wonderful! Burt Lee Toole and Bill 
had super trips to Italy, France and Ire- 
land where they have relatives. Most of 
all the\ enjo\' Home Sweet Home — the 
mountains in Cashiers, NC. From Guild- 
ford in England Audrey Humbert John- 
ston writes of losing her husband 2 years 
ago. After living most of her life in Dorset 
she returned to Guildford to be near her 
daughter and son in London. She was 
pleasantly surprised to see Candy Greene 
Satterfield and Virginia Wynn who uere 
attending classes at Oxford Universitv 
Recently Candy's 1 8 year old grandson 

came up from FL to spend 2 vears with 
Candy. He will be attending lohnson 
W'ailes L'niversiU in Norl'olk to learn the 
mxsteries ol chels. Legare (Jimmie) 
Thompson Robertson lives in Petersburg, 
VA but acquired a small house in Prince 
George Co. with a big screened porch 
overlooking the "good ole lames River." 
She spends 2 or 3 nights there watching 
sunsets and loves it! Betsy Curley Hew- 
son had a nice \isil last summer with 
Bea Dingwell Loos. Bea's new house in 
Bethesda is "magnificent." Her Tom, 
however, had a tall in their old citv of 
New Caanan and broke his hip. Thev 
had incredible support from all their old 
friends and Tom was in a great Rehab 
Clinic. They are back on their favorite 
place of all places, Merritt Is, FL where 
he is doing fine. Moe Christian Schley 
and Dick sold their big house in Savan- 
nah for a smaller one. "It's good not to 
have a 4 floored house an\more." Pat 
Thompson Bennett and Joan Berend 
Morse roomed together at SBC in 1 942- 
43. The 50'" reunion brought them to- 
gether again. Since then they have visited 
each other and travelled all over the 
place! Anne Hill Edwards had a good 
year with short and long trips. "Gratefully 
enjoying whatever leveFof stamina we 
have al the moment. " ivvcll pul'i Sarah 
McDuffie Hardaway, Mary Vinton Flem- 
ing, Shields Jones Harris and Lee 
Stephens Gravely all had a reunion at 
Shield's son's house on Easthampton L.I. 
lor 5 days of R&R. iMostIv lalkli Polly 
Pollard Kline and her daughter Mary 
ha\e had some physical problems. They 
are belter now. They enjoved a family re- 
union of 45 staying at 4 cottages at Sand- 
bridge beach. Ellen Robbins Red's sole 
comment was "How come we are all 
celebrating our SO''' anniversaries when 
we are so young? " Ade Jones Voorhees 
has a new grandchild, her 6 . She at- 
tended a Jones family reunion in WV 
along with 1 1 descendants of her father 
and his brother. The\ later celebrated 
Coerte's Mother's lOO'" birthday. Pat 
Croesbeck Gordon 's news is all good. 
Her 7'" grandchild's first birthday is 
coming up; her husband got a clean bill 
of health and thev continue to travel. Sue 
Chiswell Bornschein writes from her 
beloved Tra\erse Cit\, Ml that she is en- 
joving manv nice things: interior design- 
ing, golf, Mahjong, bridge, bicycling, 
with the grands and dailv swimming. 
Charlotte Sprunt Murchison is a great 
grandmother. Her granddaughter, an SBC 
grad, is naming the baby for Char. If this 
little Charlotte goes to SBC she will be 
the 4"^ generation to do so. This great 
grandmother went back to Sweet Briar 
lor Alumnae Riding reunion. She won 
the "Poker Ride!" i???i Bets McKeown 
Scott and Don divide their time behveen 
Baltimore and FL. Their son lives in NYC 
and their daughter lives in Caracas 
where her husband is the Swedish am- 
bassador. The Scotts plan a trip to Lon- 
don and Paris in the Fall. Jean Love 
Albert and family spent the summer on 
the lower Potomac. The most family they 
had were 3 1 at one time. After a visit to 
friends in London, Helen Murchison 
Lane and Ed went to the beautiful Home- 
stead at Hot Springs with their whole 
tribe (4 children, and their husbands and 
wivesl to celebrate their 50'" anniver- 
sary They have 13 grandchildren. In Au- 
gust, Murch flew to ID to visit a friend in 
the Sun Valley — thev hiked, Whitewater 
rafted, talked and ate! Murch mentioned 


Sweet BRl.^R College Alumnae ^l^G.^zl^lE • Spri^jg 1999 

Lynn Hannah Crocker and Ken who 

hcive moved to Ponia Verde. "They are 
wondertui additions to the area. When 
Mar\'in Hamlish plaved in the auditorium 
he spoke with certain people in the audi- 
ence and Lynn was one ot them. She did 
a fine job ot chatting with a celebnty in 
front of 2000 people." We have lost 4 of 
"our own": it saddens me to tell you 
about them. Carolyn Rudolph Sellers 
died 11/1 3/97; Wally Evans Landrum 
died 7/4/98; Ellen Thackray Wilson died 
9/8/98; and Beth- Ann Bass Norris died 
12/14/97. Another sad note: Wheat 
Young Call's husband Doug died 
726/98. I would like to conclude mv un- 
happy announcements with the follow- 
ing: "To live in the hearts of those who 
love us and are left behind is not to die." 
Bob and I have had a very quiet year and 
a half. His arteries are not the best the 
used to say the next time he gets married 
he's going to check out his future wife's 
dental history — same with me and any 
future husband's arterial history!! He also 
fell and broke his ankle. But what a great 
patient! Daughter Liza lives in Alexan- 
dria and goes at a rapid pace. Son Rob 
lives in Richmond with wife Melissa, 
Grace and |oe. Rob is just beginning his 
law practice. If anyone needs a lawyer in 
Richmond he will be happy to serve you! 
I have enjoyed mv visit with "you all." 
Would love to hear from any of vou. 
(Ed's note: The Alumnae Otl'ice received 
the sad news that Polly's husband, 
Robert M. Saunders, died 1/29/99.1 


President: Fritzie Duncombe Millard 
Secretaries: Kitty Hart Belew, Betty 
Wellford Bennett 
Fund Agent: Mary Fran Brown Ballard 

Since the Sweet Briar Alumnae Maga- 
zine will be sent three times a year, in- 
stead of four, these are class notes 
compiled prior to 11/1/98. 

Our deepest s\ mpath\ goes to the 
families of Libby Trueheart Harris, 
whose husband, Hiter, died on 7/4 in 
Richmond: Ann Eustis and lohn Weimer, 
whose youngest son, Scott, died 9/30 in 
ME; and Pal Brown Boyer whose mother 
died this summer in Staunton, VA. 

Sally Ayers Shroyer and Lou celebrate 
their 50th wedding anniversan,' in Aug. 
in Sun Valley, ID, where thev had honey- 
mooned. Judy Easley Mak and Dayton 
had a wonderful cruise to New England 
and Canada. Jackie Jacobs Leffers and 
jim were planning tours of the Canadian 
Maritimes, the Danube, the Caribbean 
Windward Islands and up the Amazon 
Ri\er. She promised to return for reunion. 

In ,Aug Alice Trout Hagan, Patsy 
Davin Robinson and Margaret Towers 
Talman joined a Hollins group (don't 
gaspl for a trip to Scotland. Peggy 
Cromwell Taliaferro saw the Grand 
Canyon from top to bottom. She rafted 
for 64 miles through ten sets of rapids, 
sleeping beside the river under the stars. 
Mary Fran Brown Ballard and Marilyn 
Hopkins Bamborough and husbands got 
together twice this summer. Kitty Hart 
Belew and Betty Wellford Bennett en- 
joyed being with Mar\ Fran at Alumnae 
Council in Sept. (Mar\' Fran did all the 
work.) We even went to the Monument 
for Founder's Day. Vidmer Meggison 
Downing has been to Austria to meet her 
youngest grandchild, Logan. She went to 
Greece and Turkey, London and France. 

lean Taylor returned from Manitoba, 
Canada, where seeing polar bears was 
on the agenda. 

Carter Van Deventer Slatery stays 
busv with her 7 grandchildren, volunteer 
work, and computer courses; also empty- 
ing her mother's house — a real |ob. Sally 
Melcher Jarvis and husband, lohn, con- 
tinue to lead trips to Scotland and will do 
another in 9/99. Sally is now a part time 
correspondent for her local paper. Caro- 
line Casey McGehee continues to travel, 
with trips to Quebec Province and 
Charleston, SC for the annual conclave 
of the Miniature Book Society. She spent 
most of the summer at her cottage in the 
Northern Neck of VA, and continues as 
treasurer for the National Society of 
Colonial Dames in VA. We are happy to 
hear from Patty Burke Phelps who lives 
in Beverley MA, in the summer and 
Aiken, SC in the winter. Patty has a 
daughter, Patricia B. Eddy and Kvo 
grandchildren in Camden, ME, and a 
son, lay, in Portland, ME. Elley Ramsay 
Clark has a condo on a golf course 
where she tees off outside her front door! 
The family's beachside condo in Destin, 
FL was destroyed by hurricane Opal in 
'95 and is being rebuilt. 

Pnor to Reunion, Bunny Barnett 
Brown, Patsy Robinson, Alice Hagan 
and Mary Lewis Stevens Webb are plan- 
ning a pre-reunion get-together at 
Bunny's and Walter's cottage on lohn's 
Island, FL in 2/99. Stevie is also looking 
forward to President Betsy Muhlenfeld's 
visit in the spring of '99, for her lecture 
on Mary Boykin Chesnut for the Historic 
Charleston Foundation. Richmond's 
Sweet Briar Club was honored in 11/98 
bv a production of the play, "A World 
Kicked to Pieces: Mary Boykin Chesnut 
on Love & War" 

Ann Henderson Bannard was excited 
about the installation in Dew Courtyard 
of her soaring sculpture honoring the 
class of '49. She wrote, "I am proud to 
be a part (of our classi and hope 'Giving 
Us Wings' will speak to us and genera- 
tions to come," It will be dedicated at 
our reunion. The sculpture was indeed 
installed Oct. 9, with Bunnv and Walter 
Brown, Alice Hagan, Polly Plummer 
Mackie, Libby Harris, and Mary Fran 
Ballard and Don in attendance. 

Katie Cox Reynolds, Preston Hodges 
Hill. Larry Lawrence Simmons, and )udy 
Baldwin Waxier and husbands had a 
week's mini-reunion in Aspen in Aug. 
and began work on our 50'" reunion 
book, to be sent to us in Feb. Preston's 
daughter Virginia, is expecting hvins late 
this fall. She and Gene plan to enjoy and 
help. Thev had a lovely trip to London, 
Prague, and Budapest. Polly Mackie has 
moved to a townhouse in FHaverford, PA, 
near her former neighborhood. She has a 
New York pad, so she often goes there. 
Her daughter, Allison, is in the remake of 
the TV play "Rear Window," to be aired 
11/22 on ABC. In Gladwyn, PA, Ruthie 
Garrett Preucel is restoring the roof of 
her house, which was demolished by a 
tree in |une. Insurance problems delayed 
the work. Nancy Jones Worcester had a 
trip to Istanbul and Athens, taking in a 
number of Aegean islands on the "Wind 
Spirit." She plans to attend reunion. 

Fritzie Duncombe Millard reminds us 
that Sweet Briar is very special in May. 
Please send in your questionnaires and 
photographs! We should be inspired by 
our Reunion book, proud of our alma 
mater and return May 7 to 9. 

Your class secretaries are retiring after 
20 years, so please be thinking of re- 
placements who will be elected at Re- 


President: Mary John Ford Gilchrist 
Vice-President: Frances Street Smith 
Secretary: Suzanne Bassewitz 

Wonderful to be back in Char- 
lottesville and to see those of you who 
get back to Sweet Briar. Last summer 
Jane Ramsey Olmslead enjoyed being in 
Bologna, "gastronomic capital of Italy." 
She is on the Board of Les Dames 
d'Escoffier in DC and consults in party 
and event managenient. Trudy Kelly 
Morron had her 50' HS reunion and is 
"madly" enjoying retirement in her wa- 
terfront condo. Anne Hoagland Kelsey 
continues travelling and in Sept. was off 
to Europe to plav golf with the American 
International Golf Teams. She went to a 
National Cathedral School reunion 5/98. 
Mary Cesler Hanson has retired as Assis- 
tant Buver at |C Penny and is leaving TX 
to be nearer her family in MD. Ralph 
will be at the Univ. of MD and Mary- 
may join a former partner in the travel 
business in Bethesda. It is hard to keep 
up with Pat Beach Thompson and 
Calvin. They were going to China, 
Nepal, Tibet and Thailand. Calvin has 
grapevines at their farm in NY where 
their children and grandchildren love to 
visit. Since 1995, Pat (a drama major! 
has designed sound effects and musical 
backgrounds for 23 plavs and acted m 
many of them. Donna Reese Godwin 
and George have 23 grandchildren 
whom they visit all over the US. They 
are active in the International Ballet 
Competition and in the "Our Nations 
Colors" American painting exhibit, which 
was recognized as the :1 USA tourist at- 
traction. Sue Judd Silcox and Jack ex- 
pected to be in their newly built house 
by Oct. taut took lime out to take two 1 3 
year old granddaughters (first cousins! on 
a windjammer cruise along the ME coast. 
Leila Booth Morris and jim had a trip to 
AK and planned to attend a 60'" HS re- 
union for Jim in MT and then a "reposi- 
tioning" cruise from Barcelona to Miami. 
Their son is stationed at McDill AFB in 
Tampa and their daughter lives in 
Greenville, NC. Their oldest grandson is 
looking at VA and NC colleges. Leila's 
"not volunteering much anymore" taut 
enjoys her investment, study and garden 
clutas. Nell Dumas Herff and Augie went 
to Africa and to Australia/New Zealand, 
plus Philadelphia to his 45*" Medical 
School reunion. I'm trying to gel them 
here to relive those halcyon days when 
we lived across the hall from one an- 
other in Reid. Nell Orand Beck spends 
time with her husband, children and 
grandchildren at his farm in MD. Both 
she and Nell Herff spoke of the brutal TX 
summer last year. Sandra Zelie Molinos 
was also at the National Cathedral re- 
union. She planned to spend the winter 
in FL and visit a HS roommate in ME. 
Because of magazine space limits I have 
left out a lot about grandchildren except 
where I felt there was something different 
to tell. Barbara McCullough Gilbert says 
hers, all boys, range in age from 23 (at 
Georgia Law) to 6 mos. She and a friend 
have run a wholesale needlework busi- 
ness since '83. Ginger Dreyfus Karren 

does not mind summers in the Big Apple 
because she enjoys such glorious music 
there and is very busy with her Bed & 
Breakfast. Benita Phinizy Johnson and 
Tommy traveled to Nicaragua, Costa 
Rica, Germany, Austria and Hungary and 
plan a trip to Italy. This made it hard for 
her to keep up with her part time work at 
a retirement community speech school, 
and at an interim period at church when 
the Rector was elected Suffragen Bishop 
of MD. She hopes to make our 50' in 
02. Susan Otis Thompson reminded me 
that on her last visit to SBC she gave a 
speech on an Arts and Crafts book design 
for the Friends of the Library and the 
Friends of Art (she is the author of the 
newly reprinted "American Book Design 
and William Morris") and was given a 
good reception except for one "uninten- 
tional" laugh, when she referred to those 
"wonderful gay nineties." lack had a 
short story published in the spring 1998 
The Partisan Review and because of 
these two I have had tea with Eleanor 
Ross Taylor, the much admired poet and 
widow of the Pulitzer Prize winning 
writer Peter Taylor Kitchie Roseberry 
Ewald writes of being so lucky in "retire- 
ment," with travel, a "divine" husband 
and family and even a new puppy. I 
think, though, that her business is still 
going strong. Joanne Holbrook Patton 
hosted her annual SBC picnic for New 
England Alumnae in Aug. which in- 
cluded alumnae from the class of 1944 
to the class of 2002, with Betsy Muhlen- 
feld and husband Larry and son and 
daughter-in-iaw David and Casse as star 
attractions. She and George planned to 
host a reunion of his 1946 classmates 
and then be off to the Int'l Conf. on Vol- 
unteer Administration in Dallas. Their 
elder daughter. Mother Margaret 
Georgina Patton OSB has received her 
wedding ring as a consecrated Benedic- 
tine nun and Helen, who lives in Ger- 
many with her husband Thorsten and 
daughter Ingmar, did a Shakespearean 
piece at Lincoln Center Young George is 
still riding and Robert is completing an- 
other novel and coaching sports teams in 
Darien, CT. Benjamin has had successful 
premieres in New York and London of a 
short film he produced. Grace Wallace 
Brown and Brady- traveled on SBC's 
1 0/98 cruise to the Greek Isles & Turkey. 
Brigitte Cuttstadt still has her part time 
ps\'chotherap\ practice in Old Town 
Alexandria. She traveled to an Earth- 
watch project in Ellensburg, Washington, 
"Caring for Chimpanzees" and to Uzbek- 
istan and Turkey. Sally Gearhart lives in 
a community- of women in the Mendo- 
cino hills, writing and talking about polit- 
ical issues. She thanks all those who 
responded to her invitation at the '97 re- 
union to join her at the Headwaters (red- 
wood! Trust in Sept. during the civil 
disobedience demonstration there. Mary 
Bailey Izard was in Rome in March with 
her "erudite" younger cousin for a week 
of art and eating, lack fished in Ar- 
gentina, then they were off to Spain and 
other travels and feel so lucky- to have 
health and energy Janis Thomas Zeanah 
writes that a grand dinner party in Birm- 
ingham last summer brought out a record 
number of alums to hear an update on 
the College. At her 50'" HS reunion her 
classmates picked up right where they 
had left off, w-hich I am sure will happen 
to all of us in 2002. Anne Forster Dooley 
and Jim, Bob and I attended a grand 
evening of arias given by the local Opera 

Sweet BtJiAR College AiUMN.yE M,yG,\ziNE ■ Spring 1999 


Society at St. Anne's-Belfielcl School. 
Anne attended her 5o"^ HS reunion there 
and she and |im attended his 50'" at 
VMI. They continue to "support" us as 
the newer newcomers to Charlottesville. 
Charlotte Snead Stifel and Hank took a 
bike trip in PuRlia, Italy, joining their 4 
granddaughters is a lirsl grandson born to 
their daughter Amy Quinii and husband 
lay. Frances Street Booth went flylishing 
with Cordon at a ranch outside lackson 
Hole. VVY and had enjoyable trips to FL, 
TX and CA (the Cloister.) She and josie 
Sibold had their 50'" HS reunion lo- 
getljer and are slaying in touch for our 
50'". Laura Radford Goley and Gene 
followed "Lewis and Clark" on the Co- 
lumbia and Snake Rivers but returned in 
time for the Ninth Annual Point to Point 
Races on their farm, which lends support 
to Jefferson's Poplar Forest. Their daugh- 
ter Middy married lustin McCarthy in 
Aug. Harriet Thayer enjoys living in the 
mountains of NC, hiking and having vis- 
its with the grandchildren. Her work is 
very fulfilling, conscious breathing for 
physical, emotional and spiritual well 
being. Mildred O'Neal Palmer cruised 
along the South Coast of Turkey with 
chums. "No real news, just astonished to 
be coming up to my 70'" year in the mil- 
lennium and no wiser" but this writer 
does not believe it. 

My thanks to everyone who sent 
news, especially those who thanked me 
for doing this fun job. Please plan to do 
it all in person in the year 2002. 

Sadly, Jane Carter Ogburn's husband 
Tom notified nie that jane died 6/10/97. 
Our yearbook describes her with a quote 
from Henry Hart Milman, as one with "a 
merry heart that laughs at care." 


President:Bexy Faxon Knowles 
Secretary: Ginger Chamblin Greene 
Fund Agent: Audrey Stoddard 

I don'l like to start with liad news, but 
I'm sorry to have lo report that Anne Lyn 
Harrell Welsh's husliand William died of 
cancer in Sept. Our sympathy goes out to 
Anne Lyn and her 4 daughters. Other sad 
news is that Emily Hunter Slingluff's son 
Craig Jr. was paral)'zed from the chest 
down, but is doing better now. I know 
we all send our love to Emily and her 
husband Craig, with hopes for a good re- 

On the brighter side, several of us 
have happy news. Catherine Cage Bruns 
won a "Good Bricks" auvird from the 
Greater Houston Preservation Alliance 
for her photographic study of the Angel 
statuary in Glenwood Cemetery, Hous- 
ton. She is also working on a history of 
the cemetery. Just before her trip to 
Turkey and Greece, Elise Wachenfeld de 
Papp and her horse won a Fourth Level 
dressage championship in the Catskills. 
lane Feltus Welch was at the AL Shake- 
speare Festival, where she performed in 
a new Horton Foote play called Vernon 
Early. She had a Sweel Briar mentor 
there. Marguerite McDaniel Wood '57; 
and Frances Bell Shepherd, Jeanefte 
Kennedy Hancock, and Camille Williams 
Yow all came lo see the show. Phyllis 
loyner showed her work in several gal- 
leries in Soho. She divides her time be- 
tween a loft in New York and a 
farmhouse in VA, where she recuperated 
from Lyme Disease. She revisited her 
roots in England, at a beautiful church 

where her 1 8-generations-ago ancestor 
was the rector in the 1 500s. She was de- 
lighted lo find that the people there in 
Gloucestershire knew who her family 
was. Nancy Douthat Goss sent an inter- 
esting article from the 14',)// 5/reef lournal 
about Robert McDuffie, Camille 
Williams Vow's son-in-law. He is a con- 
cert violinist and is in charge of, and 
plays, a 262-year-old Cuarneri del Cesu 
violin valued at $3.5 million. Many of us 
are still traveling a lot. This year's travel 
prize goes to Betsy Stevens Sutton and 
lohn; they visited Costa Rica, New Or- 
leans, Mexico, Great Britain, Scandi- 
navia, Russia, Estonia, Poland and 
Germany (not all on the same trip!). In 
between trips Betsy volunteers at the 
hospital and various committees. Peggy 
West Valentine and Henrv ran all over 
Great Britain, looking al gardens and 
homes. Peggy reports 9 grandchildren. 
Betty Byrne Gill Ward and Hudnall vveni 
to France, The Netherlands, Belgium, 
Luxembourg and Spain. They have just 
attended their daughter's wedding lEIIen 
Chancy SBC) and moved to a one-stor) 
house. The postmark messed up Betty 
Byrne's postcard but I could read some- 
thing about a hip replacement; I hope all 
went well there. Marty Hedeman Buck- 
ingham and Richard visited South Africa, 
Zimbabyve and Botswana. They are very 
busy with volunteering, golf, bridge and 
4 grandchildren. Phyllis Herndon Bris- 
senden is still "birding in strange 
places"— far eastern Russia (the Amur 
River), Brazil, and India; and she ac- 
quires opera and general culture in New 
York, Chicago, St. Louis and Santa Fe. At 
home she does fundraising for her local 
symphony Patsy Smith Titer finished her 
second year as State Senator in Rich- 
mond. She and jack went to Spain and 
Portugal, lack had surgery for an aortic 
aneurysm and is doing well. Patsy has 
acquired a new grandchild, Patricia. She 
plans to run for State Senator again in 
'99 Mary Boyd Murray Trussell and 
taniily traveled lo St. Lucia, Italy and the 
Bahamas. She and George have a min- 
istry in Columbus with juvenile offenders 
that she finds very exciting. )oan Kells 
Cook never puts her suitcases away; the)' 
went to Mexico, NM, a wedding, and 
Spain, besides settling her 92-year-old fa- 
ther in Washington. IVIitzi Streit Halla 
and Roman are spending more time in 
the office these days, but managed to get 
to Australia and the Panama Canal. They 
will visit Croatia in Nov. Their 2 sons live 
nearby and one of them is [ilanning a 
June wedding. Barbara Plamp Hunt and 
George spent 2 weeks in Italy in the 
spring. They have 7 grandchildren and 
have just discovered the wonderful world 
of cats. Art and I had planned to go to 
Cornwall and London this fall, but illness 
(his and minel prevented it so as a con- 
solation prize we will spend a few weeks 
in FL in Nov. Bexy Faxon Knowles and 
Bob divide their time between MD 
(spring and fall) and FL (winter), and 
spend summers ranging up and doyvn the 
coast of ME on their trawler. Bexy has 
now had two successful hip replace- 

Many of us are staying home, enjoy- 
ing either work or retiremenl. Sandy 
Rhodes Berglund and Larry are living on 
a goll course and have finished remodel- 
ing their house. Gene Smith Smith also 
has a new house, with a fantastic view 
and great restaurants. Sue Godfrey Gre- 
gory is one of those who is still working 

(real estate) but she and her husband 
Wes still find time for golf, antiquing, 
gardening, and sailing their 42-foot boat. 
Renis Siner Paton still works in real es- 
tate and appraisals; both of her daughters 
(including Mary, SBC '87i were married 
this year. Betty Sanford Molster enjoys 
working for St. James's Church, Rich- 
mond, after years of volunteering. She 
and Chuck have 8 grandchildren. 
Amanda McThenia and Don are still 
busy with work and grandchildren, and 
have S//7/ not moved to FL. Ethyl Green 
Banta urges us all to visit at her B\B in 
Natchez. She has 5 grandchildren. She 
got together with Daryl Maybank Hap- 
good and Camille Williams Yow for Jane 
Feltus Welch's niece's wedding in 
Natchez. Camille also visited Susan Hay- 
ward Collins in the NC mountains and in 
Atlanta. Mary Reed Simpson Daugette 
and Forney have abandoned Birming- 
ham land visits with Jeanette Kennedy 
Hancock and Frances Bell Shepherdi tor 
Gadsden, AL. Their 9 grandchildren are 
"scattered." Lydia Plamp Mower and Ted 
will go to London and Cornwall in May 
and hope to get tickets for next June's 
Ring Cycle at the San Francisco Opera. 
Lydia says Bar is going with her. They are 
just back from visiting Bar and George 
and looking al CA vineyards. She also 
visited Shirley Sutliff Cooper and Tim in 

Finally, — I always try to find a good 
one for the end — Sally Oberlin Stevens 
writes that she is "devoutly pursuing 
boredom." She must have trouble, 
though, fitting this pursuit in along with 
gardening, fighting groundhogs, and 
baby-sitting her 5 grandchildren. 

Start now planning to attend our 45th 
in '00. 


President: Lynn Prior Harrington 
Secretary: )ane Shipman Kuntz 
Fund Agent: Ethel Ogden Burwell 

We were a small group tor our 40lh 
Class Reunion in May, but everyone 
there had a great time and we missed 
those who didn't come. Our new presi- 
dent Elisabeth Muhlenfeld is dynamic, at- 
tractive and indefatigable! We were all 
very proud of our own Ethel Ogden Bur- 
well who retired as President of the 
Alumnae Assn. She has done a terrific 
|ol) — applause, applause! 

It's my sad duty to report that Eleanor 
Humphreys Schnabel's husband Hank 
died 6/24/98 from a ruptured aneurism. 
Eleanor is doing well; their friends in the 
Cincinnati area rallied around. She is 
moving to Richmond VA, yvhere both her 
daughter Liza and her brother live. I 
know everyone joins me in sending sym- 
pathy to Eleanor. 

I just missed seeing Mary Taylor 
Swing and Bill in Harbor Springs, Ml, on 
their way from San Francisco to the Lam- 
beth Conference in Canterbury, England. 
The United Religious Initiative, an orga- 
nization that promotes dialogue rather 
than \'iolence betyveen members of dif- 
ferent religions, consumes their lives and 
spirits. The Initiative Charter should be 
ready for signing in 2001 by 60,000,000 
people worldwide. The Swings also went 
lo Bucharest for meetings. Adele Scott 
Caruthers, Santa Fe, NM, continues to 
work as a therapist in Los Alamos 3 days 
a week and does home care in Santa Fe. 
Adele still finds time to paint and take 

Spanish and had a nice vacation visiting 
a fnend in St. Simons Island, GA. Daugh- 
ter Susanna, who lives in upstate NY. had 
a little gid in |une. Winifred Winter 
Cocke, San Antonio, and husband 
Bartletl visited Australia and New 
Zealand. In Aug. the Cockes were with 
Lynn Crosby Gammill and her family at 
their sumnici home on Crane Lake, MN. 
She sees Lynn Morris Barnett and 
Camilla Mueller Parker Betty Rae Sivalls 
Davis and Paul, Midland, T\, are slill 
"butterflving and birding," attending a 
meeting of the North American Butterfly 
Assn. in CO and going to Cape Town, 
South Africa, for a nature and birding 
trip. Sally Kendall Bundy, Beaumont, TX, 
has been in real estate for 25 years and 
owns a RE/MAX agency. She and 
Howard have one offspring in York, PA, a 
son in Beaumont and their youngest, a 
daughter, in Sewanee, TN, where hus- 
band attends seminary. The Bundvs have 
4 grandchildren. Sally sees Lyndall Dyer 
and Ann Corbusier Coates regularly. 

Sue Rosson Tejml, Arg\ le, TX, and 
Emil are celebrating the birth of their 
"miracle twin grandbabies," Emily and 
Sydney, children of Emil, jr., and his wife 
Chris. Nancy Hawbaker Gilbert and 
Carter, Gainesville FL, rented a villa in 
Italy in May with several other couples. 
Later, Carter went to LJganda to join zo- 
ologists from U. of FL and Nancy went to 
Paris! The Gilberts have a granddaughter, 
Elizabeth Ann, born 9/28/97. Both their 
sons lohn and Steve, and their wives, live 
in Schauniburg, IL, where they work for 
Motorola, Betsy McCutcheon Williams is 
happily ensconced in Charleston, SC, not 
far from her sister, her daughter and 2 of 
her 4 grandchildren as well as )ane 
Oxner Waring, She's a reference librar- 
ian at the College of Charleston, a 
"dream job." Betsy's had some fun trips 
to the mountains and the beach with 
lane and Eleanor Cain Pope. Ann Mc- 
Cullough Floyd and lack had a nice 
cruise lo AK. They planned lo go to Sa- 
vannah from their home in Murrell's 
Inlet, SC, for granddaughter Sarah Ann 
Floyd's Isl birthday. Their daughter who 
lives in Allania ran in the NYC Marathon 
in Oct. Julia McCullough Dorn, Allania, 
tells of her 1/3/98 marriage to Paul Dorn, 
they honeymooned in Las Mananila. 
Paul enjoys flying his own single engine 
plane. He has 5 children and Julia has 3 
and between them they have 6 grand- 
children. The Dorns had a trip lo Israel 
and the Holv Land. 

Dorothy "Poogie" Wyatt Shields is 
"deep in Richmond's Church Hill," in- 
creasingly involved in neighborhood, 
school and church issues. She also par- 
ticipates in Hope in Cities dialogues on 
race and reconciliation. All her children 
are back w ilhin driving distance; Poogie 
attended her daughter Sarah's second 
child's baptism in Greenville, SC. Patty 
Williams Twohy, Richmond, announced 
the birth of another Edward, this time Ed- 
ward Twohy Baucom, son of Elizabeth T. 
Baucom. He arrived on 8/9/98 in Cincin- 
nati Joan Nelson Bargamin and Paul, 
also in Richmond, still "work at an- 
tiques" 7 days a v\eek. They are lucky 
enough to see their grandchildren often. 
Little Alexis, 5, and Matt, 3, are both 
"old-fashioned, sweel children." She and 
Paul hope to take them to Europe as 
soon as they're old enough lo appreciate 
it. Returning lo Eleanor Humphreys 
Schnabel; a happy event this summer 
was the marriage of daughter Ellie (SBC 


Sweet Briar College Alum\,\e Magazine • Spring 1999 

'87) to Patrick W. Doyle on 9/12/98 in 
Marblehead, MA aboard the 1 2 meter 
sailing yacht "Heritage," an America's 
Cup competitor. Eleanor's mother Emma 
Knowlton Lylle (SBC '32) drove up with 
her. They stopped to visit Polly Swift Cal- 
houn (SBC '31 lin Cornwall, CT. Polly's 
daughter, classmate Susan Calhoun 
Heminway, was out of town visiting her 
kids, so Eleanor missed her. 

Betsy Worrell Gallagher continues to 
work for a professional tundraising con- 
sulting firm in Washington, DC; with 
clients from Boston to Dallas, she's "on 
the road" weekly. She also serves on the 
board of the company. The Gallaghers' 4 
children are busy with their own careers 
in Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York 
and Seattle. Betsy's new passion is golf. 
Bessie Smith Flynn, retired from teaching 
in Eclgartown, MA, is playing lots of ten- 
nis, working in the yard and volunteer- 
ing. She and Bob spent their usual 2 
weeks at Torch Lake, Ml, with cousin 
Jane lamison Messer (SBC59I, her aunt 
Sara Callison lamison (SBC '291 and fam- 
ily Bob loves it at the lake since he 
joined a soaring club. Bessie had lunch 
in Falmouth with Marietta Eggleston 
Burleigh, Memphis; Marietta was in the 
Boston area for the birth of daughter 
Kathryn's first bab\. The FIvnns spent 3 
weeks visiting Australia, New Zealand 
and Fiji. Julie Booth Perry adores ME, 
"her spiritual and physical home," train- 
ing to be a Reiki Master and also into 
herbs and mythic astrology. She may at- 
tend massage school. Her kids are all 
grown up and doing their own things. 

From Farmington, CT, Ruth Frame 
Salzberg and Bob have a 4th grandchild, 
the second daughter for their daughter 
Anne and husband John; the Salzbergs' 
son has two boys. Ruth, ever the talented 
writer, is making lemonade out of the 
lemons in her life, namely, breast cancer. 
She composed a limerick as therapy. I re- 
turn her wish of good health and happi- 
ness back to her, manylold. Ina Hamilton 
Houck and lohn, Chicago, moved into a 
lovely townhouse with lots of room and 
even a small garden. She will receive her 
Doctor of Ministry 6/99, 1 years after 
her masters. For her 62nd birthday, John 
took Ina to the Bahamas in Dec. A news 
release from Wagner College on Staten 
Island, NY, announced the opening of an 
exhibition of oil paintings by Beth Mears 
Kurtz. Beth has exhibited her work in 
other venues and is represented in nu- 
merous collections. This year she won a 
Special Mention for Excellence Award at 
the Stage Gallery in Merrick, NY. Beth 
had a career in ballet and theater before 
developing her painting talents. 

Ethel Ogden Burwell and Armistead, 
Crosse Pointe Farms, Ml, now have 5 
grandchildren. The Burwells travel to 
visit their children in suburban DC, Cam- 
den, AL, Atlanta and, of course, VA, and 
spend each March in Perdido Key FL. 
Ethel is very involved in community ser- 
vice but finds time for tennis and lap 
swimming. Lee Cooper van de Velde, 
Philadelphia, PA, was at reunion; she, 
Lynn Prior Harrington, Jane Oxner War- 
ing and Lanny Tuller Webster kept the 
reunion going for two additional days at 
Claire Cannon Christopher's beautiful 
mountain retreat. The van de Velde fam- 
ily spent 2 weeks in Scotland in Aug. — 
"good weather but bad golf!" Coopie 
mentioned that Lynn Harrington's 
beloved Aunt Cert Prior (SBC '29l, who 
all of you should remember from SBC, 

died in July. Our sympathy to Lynn. 

Jean Lindsay de SIreel's husband 
Quentin died unexpectedly from pancre- 
atic cancer. Since retirement in 1997, he 
had kept busy volunteering for Hospice, 
working with Rotary, fly fishing and 
cooking. Jean is "carrying on" by teach- 
ing, at least for this year. She would love 
to see any classmates who are in the 
vicinity of Easton, PA. Our sympathy to 
you, Jean. 

Elizabeth Gallo Skladal, Anchorage, 
AK, missed reunion because she had just 
retired from 28 years of teaching and 
needed to wrap up loose ends. She and 
George have a new granddaughter, 
Samantha Skladal, born 12/7/97, in 
Houston. George is still teaching at Char- 
ter College. She was on her way to Bend, 
OR to visit her other granddaughters, 
twins Lauren and Lean. Betty is thrilled 
to be the SBC representative in Anchor- 
age. From Toulouse, France, Lee Wood 
Audhuy, head of the American Lit. Dept. 
at the Univ. of Toulouse, moved to a nice 
little house and is "defending" her doc- 
toral dissertation on Robert Lowell. She 
thinks she must be the oldest new PhD. 
in France and mavbe even the U.S. She 
had a great time at the SBC |YF celebra- 
tion and got to see Lynn Crosby Gammill 
and Stuart, Bett>' Stanly Gates (SBC '63) 
and to meet our neu president Betsy 
Muhlenfeld. Beth Mears Kurtz and Ed 
visited her as well as Peggy Rogers (SBC 

Cornelia Long Matson and Dick are 
now the proud owners of an 1 8th C. 
manor, Le Cleret, with a vineyard, a 
wonderful rose garden, and orchards, all 
on 23 A. overlooking the Dordogne 
River Valley Bergerac and St. Emilion. 
The Matsons commuted between FL and 
France to oversee the renovation but 
thev finished it and have had many 
guests. Cornelia's daughter lulia had her 
third daughter in Lonclon. The Kuntz 
clan had a busy year I spent Jan. '98 with 
Martha and Don Schenck and their 3 
children Katie, Lauren & Cole, and thev 
had a long summer visit with us, Martha 
has taken the Community Liaison Officer 
post at the embassy. Anne completed her 
masters degree in mental health counsel- 
ing, specialising in gnef counseling. In 
addition to her job at a large funeral 
home she is active in Rotary, sits on the 
board of the Kuntz family foundation, 
and does pet loss therapy. Lee Eckerman, 
still a victim-witness advocate, helped to 
establish a child advocacy center in 
Clarksville, TN. I spent a week with her 
son Scott while she attended a confer- 
ence. Eddie still goes to his real estate of- 
fice daily, enjoys our grandchildren, and 
has fallen in love with our new yellow 
lab pup. I continue to write feature arti- 
cles for our local paper, sing in 2 choirs 
and volunteer with the Garden Club of 
Daylon. I see my mother Martha 
McBroom Shipman (SBC '31 1 often. 

Many thanks to all who wrote. Visit- 
ing SBC for reunion was a real shot in 
the arm and I highly recommend that 
any of you go to campus. You will he en- 
ergized and made very proud of your 


President: Suzanne Seaman Berry 

Secretary: Elizabeth (Betle) Hutchins 


Fund Agents: Margaret Wadman 

Cafasso, Julie O'Neal Arnheim 

Thanks, all who sent news. Our class 
is doing some of same things, many dif- 
ferent activities. Decorator Polly Chap- 
man Herring is hot in Houston, going 
outside early, then hiding in A/C to read. 
She wanted to form committee "ban air- 
ing of Presidential laundry, loo boring." 
(Surreal day testimony, televised speech, 
B Hutchins camping motel w/elderly 
child; son moved him assisted living.) 
Polly's granddaughter, Hilary's child. 
Miss Alice Chambers, lives w/parents 
next block; they play. Fred banks, hunts, 
fishes. Spring visited Mustique, St, Lucia 
others. Decorating, Virginia, Babs Chil- 
drey Fowler, w/daughter Quincv Mount- 
castle, opened shop West End Antiques 
Mall, a dream. She finds pieces, Quincy 
runs shop. Retired judge Cal turns handy 
sometimes. All 3 Bab's, Cal's children 
Richmond, business gives her visits, 5 
grandchildren. She visited w/Catherine 
Caldwell Cabaniss at SBC, visited Mrs. 
Nelson. Catherine's lovely art increas- 
ingly successful, Babs adds. Catherine, 
Celia Williams Dunn, Jane Hatcher at- 
tended SBC Friends Art Board Meeting 
Boston Oct.; visited w/ Miss Em Whaley 
Whipple, Cape Neddick ME. Experi- 
enced Celia's hopitality. Senator Alicia 
Laing Salisbury notes another Topeka 
couple rate Celia Savannah's "hostess 
w/mostest." June Alicia two weeks travel- 
ing throughout Germany w/German offi- 
cials, participant Partnership of 
Parliaments program. September, Seattle, 
her son married w/granddaughter Brooke 
flower girl, Catherine, 1, looking. "Hav- 
ing ball" 2 term mayor Kay Prothro Yea- 
ger, chaired Board Regents Midwestern 
State Univ. 7 years. 

We continue take joy grandchildren, 
"Pafti Anderson Warren announces birth 
granddaughter Flora Suzanne Warren, 
Saratoga, C,'\. " Patti, Robert spend every 
minute possible Sierra Mountain home. 
Rue Wallace Judd's still working publish- 
ing, moved back Washington DC. '96 
daughter Nancy married, given her 
grandson; they'll spend more time in TX. 
August whole family attended Lennart, 
Willia Fales Eckerberg's son and Ardon's 
godson's wedding Sweden — "lovely 
bride, historic church." Rue's glad have 
Patti Birge Spivey back east coast. Patti's 
settled in Manhattan. Judy Greer 
Schulz's finally delighted grandmother, 
courtesy son Garth, Rye, NY, grandson. 
She's giving more concerts, active w/ 
Poplar Forest, VCCA. Another joyous 
nev\' grandmother's Janie Arensburg 
Thompson, helping Phoebe enjoy 2^^" 
spring, while continuing volunteer 
w/Carnegie Museums. Deeda Hill Brad- 
ford, Reed's favorite role is grandparent 
son Jay Susie's Sydnie and Dalton Birm- 
ingham. The 2 of them are probably on 
two-year commitment: project managers 
building base camp for Mountain Top, 
TN, mission program for youths, adults. 
Floridian son Tom's retraining himself for 
new career, while son Mike manages 
large building projects GA. 

Grandmother Lucy Giles Ritchie, Tom 
retired to TN; daughter Kalhy married, 
her mother died,'94. Adorable Austin 3, 
has been joined by sibling, lives CO. 

They got to spoil Austin when family va- 
cationed France May. Their son's close, 
studying for math master's. Tom sits town 
Planning Commission. "It is challenge." 
(in MD tool He heads church vestry. 
Lucy's helped establish historic district, 
junior Service League, sits on Board Na- 
tional Junior League. Robin Wawro 
Bataillon does legal translations for the 
Court of Appeals in Caen; is close 7*" 
heaven w/2 adorable grands, golfs. 

Janna Staley Fitzgerald's Bob died 
luly, she works part time family business, 
son Scott's back London, banking Char- 
lotte, she sees Sally Hamilton Moore. 
Ginger Lulz Stephen enjoyed leisurely 
lunch w/ Sally, hoped see Betty Pease 
Hopkins, with Phil, moved Durham NC. 
Ginger's daughter, Elizabeth Belser 
Kistler, '88, gave her grandson Septem- 
ber. Sally delights not working outside 
home, is busy luly she, Tom spent night 
w/Bamby lliff, who knows good Mexican 
restaurant. After Staub niece's wedding 
they spent week enjoying scenic south- 
west CO, despite heat. Daughter Dabney 
wore Sally's mother's veil marrying an- 
other Raleigh architect November 50- 
seat plantation chapel. Summer Sally's 
grandsons, 4, 7, spent week w/them and 
day camp — "wonderful, exhausting." 

Diane Stevens reclaimed maiden 
name, taking time contemplate career 
shift, new directions — like bike trip Italy. 
'97 Her mother died. She may've chal- 
lenged herself w/trip Nepal last winter. 
Ike Lycett recovered from near-fatal auto 
accident. He, Sara Finnegan Lycett 
greatly enjoyed northern Spain. Last sum- 
mer they had weekend visits 3 of 7 
grands — "great." Two have gone safari. 
By bush plane, land rover Linda 
MacArthur, Bob Hollis photographed an- 
imals, some leryclose, 4 Zambian parks; 
bathed pools brink of Victoria Falls. Mary 
Hunter Kennedy Daly, lawyer-daughter 
Anna were planning safari Kenya, Zanz- 
ibar, including scuba diving Zanzibar 
arranged by Teddy Hill Washer, Liz Few 
Penfield, both '60. Margaret Storey Was- 
son, Ed happy together. Winifred Storey 
Davis, Tread active, Winifred primarily 
w/Board Uvo combined children's hospi- 
tals. Oldest, Frank, Emily live w/3 chil- 
dren Greenville SC^Middle Frederick, 
Clenda opened 2"" Atlanta restaurant. 
Great Western Burrito Co. Youngest Gor- 
don, Atlanta, musician. All enjoy home 
Cashiers NC. Simone Aubry swims her 
indoor pool, continuing recovery surgery, 
writes "I've learned several life's lessons, 
have confirmed belief among us live an- 
gels disguised friends." The Rev. Nancy 
Bloomer resigned rector St. Paul's, Tivoli 
NY, '97 moved back own home VT. 
She's writing, enjoying garden, friends. 
March '98 had both knees replaced si- 
multaneously. "Ouch" — new knees 
miraculous. VT daughter Carol, husband 
Mike Farley gave grands, 3, 1 . Younger 
Sarah studies photography School Visual 
Arts, NYC. 

Peggy Paar fondly remembers SBC, 
returned MD '58, still enlhusiastically 
married John Gallagher, w/2 children, 4 
grands. She taught school, now manages 
2 offices for realtor, Columbia. Nancy 
Coppedge Lynn still in interior design 
business. She, Jerry, spent time in France, 
Oct; lost her mother in '98. Penny Stan- 
ton Meyer's David has grant get history 
master's, bride continues studies UMT. 
Penny visited week, including hiking 
Glacier Park, Bitteroots. Susannah, MBA, 
decided she wants teach elementary, as 

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Penny does. If anyone gets Woodstock 
VT, call— she's 11 miles away. 

Prez Suzanne Seaman Bert7's hoping 
finish vacation/semi-relirement home, 
"arduous project." She accompanied 
Fritz meetings Portuguese university- 
town Coimbra. Having spent many hours 
Frankfurt airport, they visited city, cruised 
Rhine; she went Heidelberg. They joined 
friends Tonga whale watch, snorkle, 
sail— "fantastic." Bette Hufchins Shar- 
land had to deliver short speech for 
group's president. He had written it, was 
in Maine, she did try to cope. 

We extend heartfelt sympathy to those 
who've lost family Several spoke for 
Bette, many expressing gratitude for their 
marriage; many spoke for all sending 


President: Ginny deBuys 
Secretary: Carrie Peyton Walker 
Fund Agent: Susie Glasgow Brown 

The magazine now comes out 3 times 
a year rather than 4; hence the change in 
deadlines for me, and the change in 
what all of us receive. Gail Anderson 
Ramey and her husband moved to Pine- 
hurst, NC; she's delighted to be in the 
same town with Sue Deasy Maguire. 
Gail's son is an investment analyst in Bu- 
dapest. Kale Carberry Siemsen and 
Gunter enjov retirement, spending 7 
months a year in FL and 5 months over- 
looking the nth fairway in northern Nj. 
As Rector, St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church 
in Eastpointe, Ml, where she finds both 
work and people wonderful. Sheila Car- 
roll Cooprider looks forward to seeing 
everx'one at the reunion. Chuck still flies 
the friendly skies for United. Ginny de- 
Buys read Under the Tuscjn Sun and 
now plans to go there. She is a Prince- 
ton/New York daily commuter looking 
forward to our Mav reunion. Like me, 
Ginny lost her mother this vear. V. M. 
Del Greco Galgano reports getting 
Robert married in Sept. in Duck, NC, in 
a week-long celebration at the beach. 'In 
fact, with David working in DC and 
Laura a UVA grad, we ma\ be able to 
play soon." She, as I, hopes all are re- 
turning for a grand 35th in May Claire is 
writing yet another skit. Can anv of us re- 
sist this? Grace Mary Garry Dates and 
Wallv spent hvo weeks in Sicily and 
Rome 3/98 and were thrilled to attend 
the Pope's Palm Sunday Mass. In lune in 
WY they took a course on the grizzly 
bear at the Yellowstone Institute. She 
says the real thrill was our wonderful 
teacher— my brother |im! Granddaughter 
Emma was born in the midst of Hurri- 
cane George in New Orleans to her hvo 
M.D. parents. Kitty Griffith returned to 
NYC because her job at Signet Bank in 
Richmond was eliminated when First 
Union bought Signet. Kitty is currently a 
communications consultant with AT&T 
and Lucent. Her son. Foster, is a senior at 
the U of Oregon. Nancy Hall Green says 
SBC board service gets more and more 
interesting with the development of the 
Master Plan, the Strategic Plan and the 
prospect of the Centennial. Nancy 
spends 3-4 months a year in Provence, 
where she is Vice-Chair of the Lacoste 
School for the Arts in France, 4 months 
in New York, and the rest of her time be- 
tween Atlanta and various golf courses. 
Frances Hanahan is still in NYC selling 
residential real estate; contrary to rumor. 

she hasn't moved. Diane Hatch writes: 
"As I watched the freshmen move in, 1 
thought of doing the same thing at Sweet 
Briar 34 years ago — but I moved in a day 
late because a hurricane delayed the 
train in Savannah!" Like many of us, I'm 
sure, Diane wonders a lot about class- 
mates of 64. So let's all catch up at re- 

For Hedi Haug White 98 included a 
trip to London and moving parents out of 
their 40-year house into an apartment in 
NYC close to Hedi and her sister. Claire 
Hughes Knapp loves her job as Director 
of Children's Miracle Nehvork in Pitts- 
burgh. "All children gainfully employed." 
Lee Huston Carroll's son Griggs, who 
lives in Lexington, KY was married. Her 
oldest son, Huston, is an M.B.A. student 
at UNC. Lee is still working in education 
reform in Baltimore. Sorry I missed 
Frances Johnson Lee-Vandell, when she 
came to m\ house last Aug. and found 
no one home. Frances, who lives in mv 
hometown, Charlottesville, writes, our 
house partv moved from Carmel to Palo 
Alto. Genie Johnson Siglers family went 
to Charleston for a wedding and she so 
enjoyed Angle Whaley LeClerq's 
mother's book and visiting her sister's 
gallery. She loves being unemployed and 
having time to volunteer for garden club 
and church. Daughter Beth and mother 
lEugenia Peek, '35) are in little Rock. 
Mollie lohnson Nelson lost her beloved 
husband. Doug, to lung cancer despite 
his participation in the clinical trials of a 
hopeful new cancer drug. Mollie and 
Cvnthia. now at |MU, are making hard 
adjustments and thank Mollie's manv 
SBC classmates from whom she's heard 
for all their support. Libby Kopper Schol- 
laerf says, "This is the wedding year in 
our familv; son Christopher got married 
Labor Day weekend in Richmond and 
daughter Stephanie marries 5/1/99 in 
Washington. And our favorite Uncle 
John, age 86, who was widowed 2 years 
ago, is t\ing the knot again 11/22 in Bal- 
timore." Edi Lasher Birch's younger 
daughter Suzanne, special ed. teacher on 
the Zuni reseaation in NM, married on a 
mountain in CO wearing her grand- 
mother's 1937 wedding gown. "Our 
other daughter, Katharine, made us 
grandparents on 8/21 . A little boy in the 
family at last!" Nancy Lynah Hood still 
v\orks with Oxfordshire County Council's 
Museum Services in England, it will be 
25 vears in Sept! Nancy's current project 
is converting an unused church and the 
old prison. One daughter lives nearby in 
London, the other in San Diego. Jackie 
Nicholson Wysong sold her house in 
May and moved to a little house, lackie 
is Regional Administrator for Prudential 
Securities in downtown DC. Mary, 31 , 
and David, 27, both live in Alexandria 
and Matthew, 22, graduates from the U 
of CO. Dottie Norris Schipper writes, 
"Caroline Keller Theus matriculated our 
baby boys, Thomas imine) and Robin 
Gilleland iCaroline'si at Wake Forest 
8/19. We then met in the mountains be- 
tween Cashiers and Brevard to go hiking. 
My urban development project has so far 
produced a controversial bridge and is 
sure to stir up more. It's fun." Lynda 
Overly Levengood's nest is empty; only 
lizards, fish, frog, dogs, cats and an 
iguana remain. Andrew transferred to the 
U of Denver, Lara is at Davidson, and 
Richard is in ninth grade at St. Andrews. 
Rosamond Sample Brown savs this has 
been a tough \ear for Democrats from 

AR in Washington! Rosamond is still a 
lobbyist, with 3 business trips to Asia this 
year, including a visit to the DMZ with 
senior Congressional staffers and U.S. 
and Korean government officials. Her 
older son, a lawyer, lives in San Diego. 
Rosamond lost her mother this vear; she 
and her SBC roommate died within 24 
hours of each other. Leezee Scott Porter 
is thrilled with her granddaughter, Ella 
Fisher, born with Granny in attendance! 
She and her husband, Paul Nitze, have 
moved back to Georgetown. Nina Sledge 
Burke finds her position as President of 
Robert E. Lee's birthplace, Strattord Hall 
in VA, very rewarding. Husband, Frank 
enjoys his second career as a farmer, 
while continuing on several corporate 
boards. Daughter, Eleanor, works in sales 
and marketing; son, Richard, practices 
law. Nina sa\'S, "I keep adding to my as- 
sortment of horses to ride and ihopefullyl 
learn to drive. " Margaret Street Wilson's 
son Thad graduates from Darden Busi- 
ness School and lames from UVA Law 
School and Chisolm started his own soft- 
ware compans. Margaret loves her part- 
time job; teaching ethics and being in 
charge of communitx service for 1 75 kids 
in the small school that the whole family 
attended. Caroline Tate Noojin, who 
works in Breast Cancer/Early 
Detection/Education, writes from Char- 
lotte, "I am taking a new address and an 
old name, Caroline Wilson Tate, after my 
divorce. A new daughter was born to son 
Frank, Chief Resident of Orthopedic 
Surgerv' in Louisville, and daughter-in- 
law, Ashley who has her doctorate in 
Medical clinical Psvchologv. Son Tate is 
a stockbroker u ith Morgan Stanles in At- 
lanta. Dona Van Arsdale Jones and fam- 
iK vacationed in UT and ID, "where we 
sta\'ed at a dude ranch. We rode, 
camped in wild bear countr\', and white- 
water ka\aked down the Salmon River." 
Anne Whaley LeClerq is Director of the 
Citadel's Daniel Librarx' in Charleston. 
She and Fred purchased a summer house 
on Lake Summit, NC. Son Kershaw is a 
sr. at the U of Colorado. Penny Writer 
Theis writes, "Ginger graduates from law 
school in Mav. We moved into our new 
house, which we love, on 5/9/98." 

Thanks to all for writing; I received 
two unsigned cards — please remember to 
sign vour names. Rick and I continue 
happilv as professors of math and English 
here in CA. We spent a great week doing 
field research on the theatre and restau- 
rant scene in NYC, traveled to Los Ange- 
les with my ex-husband, Stuart, and his 
daughter, Nani, who is half Nepali, for 
the requisite college tour, and take off for 
Martinique, Dominica, and TrinidadTo- 
bago in Dec. Love to all, Carrie Peyton 


President: |udith Bensen Stigle 

Secretary: Diane Dalton 

Fund Agent: Sally Twedell Bagley 

Best v\ishes to Sally Haskell Richard- 
son and new husband, Wes, a portrait 
painter. Sally's son. Matt, spent the sum- 
mer working on a ranch in MT while 
daughter, Anne, worked at Snihebv's in 
LA. Best wishes to Leslie Huber Dudley 
and Rolf who were married Memorial 
Day 1 998 in TN. Leslie and Rolf took a 
pre-nuptial honeymoon to Tuscany, Paris 
and Frankfort. Leslie sings with a madri- 

gal group. Daughter, Meave, is at UC 
Berkeley and Paul is a h.s. honor student. 
After 21 vears in Miami, Carole Munn 
moved to the beach at Cape Canaveral. 
Carole is a flight attendant bringing fami- 
lies to Orlando to see Mickey Her per- 
sonal travel includes cruises and trips to 
No. Europe. Prissy Blackstock Kurz and 
Rick enjoved a trip to France that in- 
cluded the Loire Vallev, the Riviera and 
Paris. Judy Schlatter Fogies eldest son is 
an orthopedic surgeon at Emory, middle 
son is in banking in Atlanta, and her 
daughter is a freshman at U of GA. Susan 
Tucker co-chaired the Swan House Ball 
benefiting the Atlanta Historx- Center, en- 
joved a summer luncheon with Kay 
Trogdon Hightower Diane Mann Lank- 
ford Flossie Collins Lindee Henderson 
Lucas, and Rosemary Smith Sharp, and a 
fall trip to France and London. Also in 
Atlanta, is Martha Meehan Elgar whose 
two oldest have masters degrees, while 
her daughter is class ot '00 at Furman U. 
Martha and Tom visited Peggy Handly 
Fitzgerald, Page Monroe Renger and 
Lindsay Smith Newsome Lindsay trav- 
eled to the Loire Valle\ with Mac and 20 
friends and had a great visit with Sue 
Morck Perrin and Bill at their house on 
Pawley's Island. Daughter, Kate, was 
home for a mo. before returning to RISD. 
Lynn Lyie continues to enjoy counseling 
elem. students. Lynn spent a mo. in AK. 
Janie Willingham McNabb is expecting 
her 5th grandchild. Janie's travels include 
India and a cruise to the United Arab 
Emirates, Jordan, the Suez Canal, Israel 
and Athens. Congratulations to Carroll 
Long, new Depute Director for UNICEF's 
Asia and Pacific region. She has relo- 
cated to Bangkok and will be traveling to 
the 26 countries the office oversees. Car- 
roll will miss Nepal where she was UN 
Resident Coordinator Eleanor Crossiey 
and Jim had a great year as volunteer 
teachers at African ij. in Zimbabwe and 
hope to return. The\ enjoy being home 
with kids and grandchildren and sailing 
their new sailboat on Lake Erie. Jill 
Berguido Gill is bus\ with her tutoring 
business, volunteer work and organic 
gardening. She had a Trans-Panama 
Canal cruise with sisters, joy and June 
iSBC '581. In Sept., Jill's mother, Marion 
Jayne Berguido (SBC '28t celebrated her 
92nd birthday, Jill's son, Tim, is a h.s. sr. 
and husband, Bruce, is curator of Harri- 
ton House. Betsy Kurtz Argo's husband, 
lim, retired and is doing consulting, but 
Betsy continues to raise funds for a pri- 
vate school in Columbus and train 4 
dogs. Toni Naren Gates's son, Ryan, is a 
freshman at Sarah Lawrence interested in 
film and video, and daughter, Lindsey 
graduated from NYU Tisch and is an 
actor in NYC and waitressing on the 
side. Gene King Leyden is in her 1 5th 
vear teaching dance to children in Ash- 
land, OR. Gene also has an empty nest 
and has taken up making lewelrv. 
Madeleine Long Tellekamp teaches full 
time and serves on her church's Altar 
Guild. Two of her 3 children are in col- 
lege. Madeleine's husband is from the 
Netherlands and enjovs taking the family 
there. Vicky Baker spent 6/98 working 
with one of her Eckerd College students 
in Sri Lanka researching the role of 
women in family planning. In July Vicky 
did a case studv of a remote village 
school in northern Luzon, Philippines. 
Vicky took part in the SBC Alumna-in- 
Residence program 3/98, and the Admis- 
sions Office's Scholars' Weekend. 


Sweet Briar College Alumvae NIagazise • Spring 1999 

Beverly Bradshaw Blake is on an indefi- 
nite sabbatical tram her career as a 
writer/producer of business videos and 
films. Her kids are grown and she's en- 
joying being single. Susan Summers Al- 
loway's son Nick enters U of VT this 
year, Mark teaches drama and coaches 
soccer in NH, Tony runs an antique mall 
in NH, and |oe and daughter-in-law 
Chris work in banking. Susan and Evans 
are planning a rare vacation in lies de 
Madeleine and enjoy the N| shore when 
she's not pastoring and he's not free- 
lance writing. Glory McRae Bowen's 
son, Hardv, is a sr. busy with college ap- 
plications. Daughter, Clo, directed the 
winning production at the American Col- 
lege Theatre Festival and is interning at B 
Street Theatre in Sacramento. Glory trav- 
eled to Costa Rica, the Bahamas and 
Puerto Rico and has started to sing again. 
Linda File's youngest has left for college 
and the oldest has returned. Linda sur- 
vived downsizing and has a new appre- 
ciation for Dilbert. She's writing a 
never-to-be-finished novel Heat Wave 
about menopause and lust. Husband, 
Hoib, is working on his masters to be- 
come an arts educator. Mary Gary Am- 
bler vacationed in Australia. John is a 
member of the lefferson Society at UVA 
and Jacqueline is active in sports. |udi 
Benson Sligle plays golf and tennis, and 
works one dav a week at the boutique. 
She had a mini-reunion w ith Bonnie 
Blew Pierie and Ginny Young Phillips at 
a SBC picnic in MA. A summer highlight 
was a trip to Scotland. Gracey Stoddard 
writes that Bonnie Blew Pierie has her 
first granddaughter. Alison Rea. Gracey 
has a new job with American 
Banker-Bond Buyer, a financial publish- 
ing company. She is studying to go into 
international conference planning. Her 
youngest son is a sr. at William and 
Mary. IVlary Sabra Gillespie IVlonroe con- 
tinues to teach biology. Her daughter, Al- 
ison, was married in the Wren Chapel in 
Williamsburg and will be living there. 
Daughter, Anne, graduated from UNC 
Chapel Hill and spent the summer in 
Kenya at an orphanage for HIV positive 
children. Katherine Barnhardt Chase's 
daughter, Alison's, dance troupe per- 
formed at Disney World and competed 
in the Tremaine Dance Nationals win- 
ning a 3rd and 4th place. Daughter, 
Leslie, is a drama major at U of TN in 
Knoxville. Bob teaches math and com- 
puter science at SBC while Katherine 
continues in her multiple roles of assis- 
tant principal, teacher and nurse at Holy 
Cross School. Jo Wiens MacMichael and 
Skip moved from a house to a condo. 
She's working for the Air Force as a civil- 
ian and is at National War College this 
year. Baird Shinberger Bell is in her 1 5th 
year with St. Stephen's and St. Agnes. 
Dave is in his 4th vear at UVA Medical 
School, and Steve graduated from UVA 
and is job searching. Her husband. Bill, 
is with Access Health. Stephanie Ewalt 
Coleman is still suffering from chronic 
back pain. Her sons are doing well. Lee 
is engaged. Cameron graduated from 
James Madison U, found a job as a gen- 
eral news reporter, a great apartment and 
gidfriend. Brandon is thrilled to be dri- 
ving. Karen Schwabenton Shipper says 
Fauquier County has more cows than 
people. She's building fences to keep the 
cows on the farm and renovating her 
house. Both sons are in HS and playing 
lacrosse. )ohn works on government af- 
fairs in the mid-Atlantic states. Mary Bell 

Timberlake is grandmother to Emmy 
born 12/31/97 to Wayt IV and Laura. 
Daughter, Julie, lives in Jackson, WY. 
Mary volunteers at the church and free 
medical clinic. Kate Barrett Rennie 
moved from N| to Williamsburg. She had 
a busy summer with son, Chris, and 
sports camps, and trips to NJ, CT and 
NY. Kate is a volunteer for colonial 
Williamsburg and lames City County. 
Carroll Randolph Barr and Mike enjoy 
their Ml home. Michael is finishing at 
UVA and is interested in the brokerage 
business. Angus is finishing HS and look- 
ing at colleges. Carroll is Director of De- 
velopment and Alumni Affairs for Blessed 
Sacrament-Huguenot while Mike contin- 
ues with real estate and golf. I was glad 
to hear from Julie Bodin Converse and 
Melissa Sanders Thomas who are both 
doing well. I had a great steamboat trip 
on the northern Mississippi River with 
my mother this summer, and keep very 
busy with theater and the SBC Alumnae 


Presidents: M. |. Hipp Brock, 

Katie McCardell Webb 

Secretary: Kate Scblech 

Fund Agents: Kathy Barnes Hendricks, 

Carey Cleveland Swan 

To keep those 50-year-old neurons 
synapsing, this year's names are ana- 
grammatically correct, given in no partic- 
ular order. Hope I offended no one or all 
equally. (In deference to those who no 
longer synapse, SBC said I had to give 
the decoded answers, too. So much for 

Whenn Riche Healer (Ann Wheeler 
Ehrichi wrote for the first time and noted 
she and daughter Alexandra (221 both 
just graduated from U. Penn. Whenn got 
her MSN in nursing admin. Another first- 
time writer. Cocky Net Discount (Cindy 
Cocke Suttoni, is a free-lance Tour Direc- 
tor in Austin, TX, traveling as much as 
250-days a year now that the boys, Gar- 
nson (26) and Duncan (251, are grown. 
Hammie Bell-Thicket iKim Mitchell 
Betheai e-mailed only that she is back in 
the midwest, Madison, Wl. Equally suc- 
cinct e-mail from Brew Hootle Thinker 
(Keith Brown Oehlerti from OKC. Fourth 
time grandma Benjie Bodes (Debbie 
Jones) is still on the road reviewing med- 
ical residency programs, and saw Gentle 
Anya (Ann Cateleyl in Albuquerque 
2/98. Babar "Starwars" Orlean (Barbara 
Waters Larson) now in Montgomery, AL, 
but alas nada mas. 

Honnee Sackill (Connie Haskell) cele- 
brated 50 in May with jerMoan Happy 
Brick (Mary Jane Hipp Brock), LeRoi 
Harras Amiss iLorie Harris Amassi, 
Lawlis Hammick Wearer (Wallis Wick- 
ham Raemer), Gentle Anya lAnn 
Galeleyi, and lazi Crossheel (Jessica 
Holzer), biking through Umbria, Italy. 
Lawlis sent me a cute pic of all the bik- 
ers, looking disgustingly svelte and 
happy. JerMoan added that she's starting 
the college tour for Walker (sr. at Exeter) 
and boarding school for Susanna (grade 
9). Flan Frothing-Frasiers (Fran Griffith 
Lasersoni is now Sen/or VP/marketing at 
Moody's subsidizing Tenley (18) at 
Princeton and Galen (15). Still deep in 
the heart of San Antonio as a part-time 
school librarian is Moonie's Born Wrong 
(Monnie Brown Groosi who also took 

some great trips with Bill. Yalie Manoush 
(Louise Hayman), still in Annapolis, is 
now Director of MD's Millennium Com- 
m'n, a P. R. "challenge." She takes time 
out at Bethany Beach when not doing 
other community "stuff" or keeping an 
eye on Kessler's writing career, lust back 
from Sweden was Jells Pogmarket (Page 
Kjellstrom) who found her great 
grandma's house there. She also vaca- 
tioned on Nantucket. Natasha Li Water- 
melony (Lalila Shenoy Waterman) and 
Rick moved again, this time to Tiburon, 
CA, where N is getting involved with the 
local alums, while Tara i21 1 is a sr. at 
Stanford. In NC, Gran Flavery (Fran 
Gravely! and Haig have broken ground 
on the new house to replace the one that 
burned in 1996. Their own kids, Susan 
(19) and Lee (16), thrive; they hosted 4 
Italian kids over the summer. Nuts, or 
what? Before leaving for a golf tour ot 
Scotland, Racy Vast-Age (Tracy Savagei 
threw herself a splendid 50' weekend 
house party at VA Beach, which served 
as a mini-reunion lor vours truly. Ant 
Danders (Ann Tedard5)(still teaching at 
U. Oregon and new aunt to twin girls). 
Try Holy Bran (Lyn Barr Hoyt) (down 
from Framinghami, and Belly Callamps 
(Sally Campbell). Among her civic activi- 
ties. Belly (who just moved to ME with 
Tony) served on the Prez's Initiative on 
Race and risked life and limb in Port- 
land's Outward Bound program. Racy 
bumped into R. jaded Utterly (Jarrett 
Dudley) and LeRoi when all were in Del 
Ray visiting their respective snow-bird 
Moms. Barber Bra-Waster (Barbara 
Brewster) still feels 25 inside, in spite of 
just finishing grad school for her princi- 
pal's cert, and serving as Dean of a 
Louisville school. Brewster (20) is at Coll. 
of Charleston and Pritchett (16) is into 
competitive soccer. Hip deep in every- 
thing as usual (S Batty Aunt Near-Dears 
(Betty Rau Santandrea) whose husband. 
Bob, is in law school (patents, no less), 
while she looks after Matt (1 5-ish) and 
manages a senior center in Pittsfield, NH. 
Aunt Urbana Nurdad (Tauna Urban Du- 
rand) is reveling in her new job teaching 
2nd grade in St. Louis. Aunt also re- 
ported that Slilhry Cove's (Christy Love's) 
nephew is in her class and that Slithry al- 
ternates between homes in St. Louis and 
WY. Nannie Darkwoods Deane 
)AnneAdare Wood Denkins) and Jim are 
still on the go with houses in FL and 
Aspen, trips to France and Italy, and raft- 
ing through the Grand Canyon. Tally 
Royals (Sally Taylor) also spent a travel- 
ing year — Europe, Asia/China and So. 
America, when not visiting her Mom in 
Baltimore or coming to roost at home in 
SF — Tally's determined to be the "Bella 
Abzug ot Books." Another traveling fool 
was Nike "Soccer Mom" Penbally (Bon- 
nie Palmer McCloskey). Hong Kong and 
Bali with the 4 kids, building a house on 
Kauai, ranch weekends with LeRoi, and 
still time to fund raise for the Andrea 
Yaegel Ranch for kids with cancer. 

Sad news from 3 of our chums. Sinker 
Zo-Right (Kristin Herzog) reported her 
brother's death by a legally intoxicated 
driver, adding that it brought the family 
closer together. Her summer was more 
upbeat, with a visit to Germany with her 
Mom. From A Dino-Eating Elder (Nia El- 
dridge Eaton), a major shift in lifestyle. 
Gil has parted company after almost 25 
years, amicably at least. A Dino's getting 
on with her life, and enjoying the sup- 
port of family and friends. And Hatti 

Ticklefield Lyes (Kitty Litchfield Seale) 

lost her mother (and biggest fan) this 
year, but happily wrote that son Turner is 
employed as an engineer, while daughter 
Kate is dancing with Alabama Dance 
Theatre (Haiti's alma mater after Aints 
and Asses) and Turner Sr. is just wild and 
crazy. Little change in the household of 
Should Book Early iSue Holbrook Daly). 
Stephanie started W&L Law imy alma 
mater), while Should works in No. VA 
residential real estate market and teaches 
same. Merman Cinchstable Reedmore 
iMardane Rebentisch McLemorei re- 
ported from the golf links that one son 
graduated from USNA and is civil engi- 
neering in Nortblk, while the other is in 
law school at U, Richmond and the last 
fledgling is in 7'" grade. She says Witty 
Mother McBeele (Betty McLemore 
White) is still in Poquoson, VAancI 
Witty's one and only has started 5'" 
grade. Foxy Hamper Mushy (May 
Humphreys Fox) and Charlie were 
headed to China/lapan/Bali in Oct. and a 
visit with daughter Keely (in Beijing on 
an exchange program), leaving George 
behind at JMIJ. Foxy's leaving her man- 
aged care trade ass'n for a new career. 
Khaky Barnsider Stench (Kathy Barnes 
Hendricksi says her 150-year-old cabin 
in the GA mountains is about to enter the 
20' century — think she was referring to 
indoor plumbing and not to l-net wiring 
or cable TV. Her garden is blooming as 
are Pete and the two teens, and she still 
volunteers at the school for children with 
learning differences. Smitty G. Bathless 
(Betty Glass Smith), who fortunately for 
the rest of us toils tirelessly in the Y2K 
vineyard, said her 2 boys are in a 
Catholic military school (is that an oxy- 
moron, or what?!) while Bill is with the 
Richmond utility department. Juno 
Thrupiler ijulie Northrup) is in Seattle as 
the regional manager of Institution Trusts 
for Wells Fargo, trying to survive another 
merger wave. She adores the great 
Northwest and keeps in touch with Maj. 
Winny Ellis (Jenny Williams), who keeps 
in touch with D. Nast\ Starter (Sandy 
StarretlKnow in Pompano Beach). So 
Wan Rasta (Sara Watson) remains in 
Omaha coordinating children's services 
at the library. Travel to Italy and the 
Panama Canal on sked for Dec. In CA, 
Grandmaster L.N. Jackaroo (Margaret 
Arnold Jacksoni has finished the courses 
for her PhD in educ. leadership while 
still serving as counselor at SE High, 
lames (19) is at Valdosta State, Meg (24) 
IS a nurse in Dallas. Grandmaster and 
|im still sing at the church where they 
first met 27 years ago. Also in GA is Sly- 
Sly McGambled Pecans (Sydney Mc- 
Campbell Glass), enjoying 50 and having 
her youngest still at home. She'd seen 
Just Ranover Daphne (Jane Rush Daven- 
port), Kicky Etchbell Meister (Becky 
Mitchell Keister), and V.V. Mere-Mini Le 
Cooke (Vieve Minor Moeckel). 

Tweety-Woo Rural Snark's (Katy Lou 
Warren Towers) card read like a Fodor's. 
.Aside from US travel, Tweety-Woo had 2 
weeks in Switz. and was just leaving on 
a round-the-world trip. Elf jester O'Snoar 
(Elsa Jones Forter) and Rod are living it 
up in a new house on Buzzard's Bay 
(renting from another SBCer) while they 
tool around in their newest toy, a 36' 
sailboat, with Licka Tummy Snatching 
(Kathy Cummings Catlin) and Chip. Now 
recovered from a broken arm that re- 
sulted from an argument with a motorcy- 
cle in Rhodes, Canada Bung Checker 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine ■ Spring 1999 


(Candace Buker Chang) wrote from her 
new condo that she enjoyed a family re- 
union in Burma, ditto in V. I. with kids, 
ditto in London with sis, then CO to see 
No laws Rishlioon i|o Shaw Robinsoni at 
No's summer place. Sontchow Canada 
finds time to be Director of an early in- 
tervention program in Boston and house 
manager lor an adoption program. In 
DC, Biz Heathmistic (Elizabeth Smith), 
back from Costa Rica, still wears two 
work hats: corp. lawyer and investment 
banking consultant. This year, Lila 
Franco de Maupassant (Claudia Forman 
Pleasants) sent her toddler to pre-school 
and her oldest to UVA! Otherwise, Lila's 
sked is typically hectic — BDs of Hospice, 
Hopkins' real estate program and the 
Commercial R/E Women's Ass'n, all 
while working in the family real estate 
biz. Struts Am-Okler Cobwall (Stuart 
Camblos Rodwelli noted that with the 5 
girls now out of the nest, she and Roy 
are spending more time at the NC 
beaches and in lackson Hole. Took trips 
to London, Africa and Italy, too. The un- 
signed card prize this year goes to 
VVheezie MacBeth LicKliner (Elizabeth 
McKee Werlinich) who's still VP wdh 
Estee Lauder Int'l in NY. She and Doug 
bought a weekend estancia on LI to keep 
the low maintenance kids, the Kvo cats, 
amused. From Denver, Lady Columbia 
Snerv (Lucy Lombardi Evansi wrote of 
hiking the Dolomites, fishing in Sweden, 
running and learning golf to keep up 
with Stew and the kids (12 and 13). Last, 
but never least, is jet Tango (Jane Cott) 
who celebrated 50 with a Carib cruise 
followed by a romantic B&B getaway to 
NC with Ron. jet's studying oil painting 
and selling pharmaceuticals for Sanofi. 
As for Hackle Chest (Kate Schlech), trips 
to Rapid City, SD to nurse my sister 
through a divorce, 5 weeks in Owens- 
boro, KY at trial, annual sojourn in Key 
West. Planned to go on a cattle drive for 
the 50'", but they drove 'em before I 
could find 'em, so I'm off to China in- 
stead. Keep them cards, e-mails and let- 
ters coming! 


President: Kathleen Cochran Schutze 
Secretary: Weezy Blakeslee Gilpin 
Fund Agent: Diane Dale Reiling 

In France, Pascale Boulard Dutilleul 

does research on local services devt. Her 
husband, Pierre, is a publisher. Carole, 
20, is at the Universite de Reims major- 
ing in European Management, Isabella, 
18, is at the Sorbonnc. Laure is 16, 
Damien is 14, and Matthieu 10. In Feb., 
Pascale has a mini-reunion in Provence 
with Robin Harmon O'Neil and Carter 
Heyward Morris Michelle Brown Bad- 
cock works for the local Council of Vol- 
untary Services helping set up credit 
unions in New Forest and doing research 
on rural social isolation. Simon, 22, 
earned a First degree in French and a de- 
gree in Spanish from Manchester. Dou- 
glas, 19, is at university studying 
geography. Heather, 1 6, visited Sheila 
Connor Kerber and her daughter Rachel 
and fell in love with America. Barbara 
Cain Hegarty's impression of our 25th 
was that "everyone seemed proud of 
what we have become despite life's 
tough lessons." Her challenge is the edu- 
cation of her children, 12 1/2 and 9, and 

helping with research papers. Peggy 
Cheesewright Garner, John and Whitne)' 
took a roaci trip to Bend. OR and CA in 
Aug. Peggy hoped to see Lisa Fowler 
Winslow. With 4 horses, 2 dogs, 2 cats 
and 2 teenage girls, Anita Clarendon 
Ledsinger and Chuck moved to Chevy 
Chase, MD in Aug. where he is CEO of 
Choice Hotel Corp. Dede Conley and 
Gerard spent 3 weeks in the Piedmont 
area of France and did a glacier trek with 
crampons and ropes up to 11,000 feet. 
Her description qualifies her for travel 
journalism if she tires of the wine busi- 
ness. Dede saw Liz Clegg Woodard '72 
in TX. Noreen Conover Reed has several 
new gray hairs as her daughter Missy 
now has her license. Craig is in 7th 
grade. Mac Cuthbert Langley and johnny 
visited Will at college ancT were intro- 
duced, not to his professors, but to the 
chief of campus police! Hibernia plays 
the cello for the Charleston Symphony 
Youth Orchestra and will travel to Lon- 
don with them. For the 3rd time, Cuth- 
bert won the wrapping paper sale. 
Johnny is pres of the SC AAP and Mac 
enjoys seeing the "local janes ": Potts, 
McFaddin and McCutcheon-McFadden. 
In Portland, OR Mary Danford does ad- 
visory work for the police bureau and the 
bureau of emergency communications. 
Michael teaches AP English and Brendan 
is in middle school at Catlin Gabel. 
While waiting for the perfect job in 
Canajoharie, NY, Sue Dern Plank and 
David continue to repair the fire damage 
to their 115 y.o. house. Elena is in 8th 
grade at Albany Academv for Girls. Sue 
had lunch with Laurie Norris who is a 
remedial reading teacher in Niskayuna, 
NY. Laurie's oldest daughter is at Smith. 
Molly Dunn Martin and William enjoy 
(i)unlry lite in Pike Road, AL. Molly 
shows her dogs and is an AKC judge. 
Daughter Cameron is a sr. at Davidson. 
Christine Eng Leventhal is the fitness di- 
rector for Wilton, CT Parks and Recre- 
ation and teaches ballet and does 
personal training. Peter, a nutritional 
counselor, owns 2 natural food stores 
and teaches a teen martial arts class at 
the Y. Amy is a sr. at the Hyde School 
where Chns is regional chair of the 
Hyde/Fairfield Parents' Croup. Nick, 15, 
is a freshman; John, 1 1 , is in 6th grade. 
Lisa Fowler Winslow and her 1 7 y.o. son 
looked at east coast colleges. Her daugh- 
ter, 1 2, is busy with dance. Lisa said we 
all looked "wonderful and still so youth- 
ful" at our 25th. Emily Garth Brown 
missed reunion because her son. Garth's 
HS. graduation was that weekend. He is 
now at W & L, Campbell is at the Col- 
lege of Charleston, Em is at U of TN al 
Chattanooga, Winston is a soph at Baylor 
and Robby is in 1 st grade. Emily saw 
Diane Leslie in NYC and had a great visit 
with Susan Craig at Isle of Palms. Emily 
keeps up with Libby Wann Duft' '72. 
Susan Hancock Duke's 23 y.o. son Ryan 
will marrv Debbie Matthews 3/6/99. 
Susan is the advertising manager for the 
Tidewater News and Roy is a manufac- 
turer's rep for ladies' apparel. Scott, 20, 
attends community college. Robin Har- 
mon O'Neil, lohn and Robin, 1 1 , are 
back after a year in Provence where they 
"tasted, viewed, painted and hiked it all." 
They loved seeing Carter Heyward Mor- 
ris and her faniiK, Pascale Boulard Du- 
tilleul and lane McFaddin Since moving 
to Atlanta, Carter Heyard Morris sees 
Blanchette Chappell and reports that she 
has not changed. Chris Hegarty Savage 

is enjoying her boys — Clay, 1 6 and Bren- 
dan, 13. After a year of driving Clay to 
5:15 a.m. practice, Chris bought him a 
car. Susan Kirby Peacock spent Mav in 
Ireland as Artist in Residence. In |une, 
David, 10, and Marley 9, met her for 3 
weeks in London, Paris and the French 
Alps before going back to her work as a 
pharmacist. Janie Knutson James's chil- 
dren, Patrick, a jr., and Elizabeth, a fresh- 
man, both run cross country at their HS. 
janie works at their school as an instruc- 
tional aide and is busy at church, with 
kung fu and bridge. She and Michael 
took their first childless vacation-5 days 
in wine countr\' and mountains. Karol 
Kroetz Sparks loves the Pittsford, NY 
area and has a boat on Lake 
Canandaigua. Ashley is a jr. at Syracuse 
Univ. Ausiin is a HS senior and loves the 
VA colleges. Karol is busv with her bank- 
ing practice and will chair the Banking 
Law Comm of the Amer. Bar Assoc for 4 
years. Ann Major Gibbs sums up their 
life as "kids and cars." Emily is 2nd yr at 
UVA and Davis is a HS jr. Ann and Ernie 
celebrated their 25th in Bermuda. Chris 
Mendel Prewitt's husband was awaiting 
the results of negotiations between 
Northwest and the pilots. Their children 
are back in school with a beautiful fall in 
Minneapolis/St. Paul. Betsie Merit Cam- 
bel is director of media relations at 
Logan Marketing, She is training for a 
1 50 mile bike race 10,'98 and hiked in 
Telluride. Gregory is a sr. at Villanova 
and was chair of freshman orientation. 
Meric is a jr. at lesuit. Betsie stavs in 
touch w ilh Lisa Fowler Winslow. Magee 
Leigh and Sue Dern Plank \ la e-mail, 
talks with jane McFaddin regulady and 
had dinner u ilh Lisa Slatten who owns a 
Christian radio station. Laura Montague 
Cross's oldest, Fred, left for Longwood 
College. After a 2 year program, Laura 
passed the licensing exam to practice as 
a physical therapist asst. and will look for 
a job. After a year in the counseling pro- 
gram at GA State U, Scottie O'Toole 
switched to Human Resource Dev. She is 
doing contract recruiting, currently hiring 
computer professionals for Home Depot. 
In June she spent 5 days with Debbie 
McDowell Gilronan in Portland, OR 
having not seen her in 15 vears! Debbie 
and Sean own Van Dwvn's Chocolate Co 
so it was a fattening visit. With her girls 
back at the George School, jean Piatt 
Spencer will be busy with travel, mostly 
working vacations: tournaments and clin- 
ics in MD, NL Mexico, Palm Springs and 
FL. Chris Hegarty Savage and Val Fan- 
non heard about our 25th trom jean who 
is in regular contact with Renee Sterling. 
Debbie Pollock Arte and her family en- 
joyed a trip to Boston and NH. Debbie 
was on a 12 woman relay team that 
walked in the Portland-to-coast relay 
(126 miles in 28 hours). Debbie's contri- 
bution was 11.3 miles. Kathy Pretzfelder 
Steele is adjusting slowly to having Tracy 
at Notre Dame. Kelly is a soph and 
swims and dances. Nan Robertson Clark 
has Boo in her second \ear at Dartmouth 
and the 3 boys all in HS. Nan writes for 
various groups and is in 2 book groups. 
Renee Sterling and her mother did a 
mini-version of the Grand Tour and want 
to live in Italy permanently. Surprisingly, 
Renee found dining on the Grand Canal 
"more alluring than eating corn dogs at 
the TX State Fair " Carol Stewart Harper 
is optimistic about her health after a 
vear's battle with cancer. Jenny Stock- 
well Ferguson and her sister-in-law 

started a gift show in Atlanta. Gillian is 
1 5, Ian is first year at Princeton and 
Sarah is a sr. al Boston (College, jenny 
sees Carter Heyward Morris and Betsy 
Cann Akers and plavs tennis wilh Lee 
Addison Sanford. Marianne Vandervort 
Wiggishoff is busy with the Fountain 
Hills^ AZ town council. She and Cyril 
hope to sell their house and find a 
smaller one that will house his 6,000 
volume library. In Oct, they are renting a 
house in Aix-en-Provence and will go to 
Australia and New Zealand in |an. Susan 
M. Wilson's mother sent the sad news 
that Susan died 3/28/98 alter a 2 vear 
fight with breast cancer. As for me, 
Weezie Blakeslee Gilpin: the 3 children 
are well: Alexa, a jr. al College of 
Wooster, Oh. Blake, a soph al Yale, and 
Christopher, a Milton Academv jr. Bob 
and I wonder at our good fortune. 


President: Tennesee Nielsen 
Secretary: Deborah Mulch dander 
Fund Agent: Cissy Humphrey 

E-mail runs rampant through our 
class, so please get those e-dresses listed 
wilh the Alumnae Office: 
alumnae's (or wilh me: DMOIan- 

Dede Alexandre LeComte (Green- 
wich, CT) has 4 children, 2 horses, 3 
dogs, a cat, 3 goldfish and an ongoing 
parade of visitors. Dede is president of 
the |r. League of Greenwich. Old World 
Ceramics, which she runs with husband 
Ion, grows quickK. Kari Andersen Ship- 
ley (Delrav Beach 1 traveled much (incl. 
Wimbledon 1 and continues with 
fundraising, volunteering for charities 
and school. Her 3 sons keep her busy 
with tennis and "phone calls from girls." 
Kari's in touch with too many SBCers to 
namel Caroline Bickel McLaughlin (DC) 
saw Meg Shields Duke in lune. She spent 
a family summer al Hvannis and in 
France visiting family in Paris and a 
newly-renovated chateau in Bordeaux. 
"Now it's back to school, carpools, soc- 
cer, etc." for her and 2 children. Wendy 
Bursnall Wozniak (SBC Denver Club 
President) attended Alumnae Council 
Fall'98, rooming with Dorothy Lear 
Mooney '78. Wendy's in the middle of 
"major house remodel" and started a 
new home pharmaceutical business. Her 
3 keep her busv with soccer, flute and 
choir. Kelsey Canady Griffo (VA Beach) 
says art, tennis, soccer and dance with 
her kids "rule our lives — we know we 
are blessed." Tricia Cassidy Higgins (NY) 
is coping with the loss of daughter Katie, 
and helping son Timothy with his grief. 
She continues to express gratitude to 
many SBC friends for support. Sharon 
Coe Glen sa\s all's well "in Merrie Eng- 
lande. " She's "ringmaster" for Grace (13), 
Robert (111 and Andrew ilOi, all in differ- 
ent schools and runs her free-lance PR 
business "having qualified lor full mem- 
bership in the British Institute of PR." 
Husband Jonathan is a financial consul- 
tant w ilh an American firm (Lincoln) and 
has responsibilities in local government. 
"E-mail me on sharoniSglencoel .soft" Lochrane Coleman Smith 
(Birminghami held a lune hen part\' for 
Margaret Milnor Mallory and Mary Beth 
Hamlin Finke. "We did not stay up late 
nor did we bar hop; yet we still had 
fun!" She also visited with Chris Carr 
Dykstra. Norma Neblett Roadcap and 


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Carringlon Brown Wise. Teesie Costello 

Howell 1 Richmond) continues with 
Home Loan Corp, busy during this pe- 
riod 01 low interest rates, and stavs in 
touch u ith Elliott Graham Schoenig, 
Margaret lUilnor Mallory and Peggy 
Weimer Parrish Melanie Coyne Cody 
iVVinnetka, ILi: "Same huslwnd, same 
job, same lite — feels good." Had a visit 
with Missy Briscoe McNatt. She took up 
running and lost 20 lbs. An anonymous 
hut intriguing postcard (from Jean 
Dailey?) reports owning an herb shop 
"Herbal Health" in NC and trying to get 
pregnant ("single mother bv choice"). 
She takes grad classes at UNC-C in 
Women's Studies. Terese DeGrandi 
Busch (Atlanta! says "Life's hectic balanc- 
ing 2 doctors' work schedules & being 
parents!" She's part-time in the ER as 
well as the clinic so she "can keep up 
with carpools & practice" for Joseph f7i 
and Sarah (2-1/2). Liz Farmer Jarvis 
(Phila.l busy with orthopedists (oldest 
daughter "blessed with athletic abilit)' & 
bad luck" sustained her fifth fracture in 2 
years). Liz does free-lance curatorial jobs. 
She planned to see Holly Weaver Kenre- 
ich, Jill Wentorf Wright and Lisa Schu- 
bert in town for the Fall craft show. 
Loved her p.s.: "Amazing coincidence. 
Ran into mv former roommate & pal 
Sherry Buttrick & her husband Forbes 
Reback on a train to NYC last Fall." Fi- 
nally, news from Demi Georges Lathrop 
(San Francisco)! She married Thomas 
Nash Lathrop, a bay area real estate de- 
veloper; between them they have 5 chil- 
dren ages 1 to 20. Demi serves on the 
Opera Guild Board and is very busy 
chasing children. Libba Gorin Schuh- 
mann (Louisville) has Rob in 1st grade 
and Betsy in kindergarten. They love 
sports. She works 2 days a week in their 
school Health Room. Husband Bob con- 
tinues to recover from a near-fatal hem- 
orrhagic stroke in '95, but is 90% 
recovered. Keedie Grones Leonard 
(Amherst, VAi reports the birth of Isabelle 
Richmond in |uly. Son Cole is as enam- 
ored of Isabelle as his parents. In addi- 
tion to the aforementioned hen party, 
Mary Beth Hamlin Finke (Wilmette, ID 
saw Margot Mahoney Budin prior to SBC 
Alumnae Council. She en|oyed the head- 
clearing Council weekend, seeing Keedie 
& 2, as well as Wendy Bursnall Wozniak 
and Lochrane. Mary Beth has been in 
touch with Karen Adelson Strauss who is 
recovering from breast cancer. Ann 
Hawkins went to Santa Fe in '96 for a 6- 
month stint in massage school. She 
stayed put, and loves the area. After mas- 
sage training, which she also loved, she 
began managing the office of an invest- 
ment broker/advisor. Now for Cissy 
Humphrey. (She is really our class secre- 
tary, as she keeps in touch with every- 
one.) Beth Bates Locke and Cissy went to 
the TX State Fair again. She e-mails a 
cast of thousands (Tennessee Nielsen, 
Mary Beth Hamlin Finke, Candi Casey, 
Cora Snyder '77, and Elizabeth Perkinson 
'78). Cissy's still teaching the Grief Re- 
covery Courses and is busy with other 
church activities plus her "temporary" 
job at AT&T in Consumer Local Service. 
She's considering entering elder care. 
She saw Dede Ryan Ale's aunt and uncle 
at a college fair where she represented 
SBC as she did at 4 '98 fairs in Dallas. 
Ann Kiley Crenshaw (Winchester, VA) 
still practices law and has "a place at 
The Beach." Her oldest, Clarke Jr. attends 
Woodberry Forest, and she's busy with 

the boys' travel, soccer and schools. 
Great postcard again from Cheryl Lux 
(Augusta, MT). She and husband |ohn are 
tapping another resource on their ranch: 
timber. They are "finally building a 
house — just a nice solid ranch, nothing 
grand." They plan to move in after John's 
8th "and hopefully final" term in the Leg- 
islature. Cheryl saw Sally Berriman and 
husband Steve Brown in Denver, as well 
as Bet Bashinskv White '7.S in Flathead 
Lake, MT. Debbie Massie Thurman sends 
happy notice of her move back east to 
VA. Husband Russ is semi-retiring from 
publishing and will be an independent 
contractor running a distribution com- 
pany. Debbie free-lances and awaits 
publication of her first book ('99), while 
home-schooling jenny and Natalie. Ten- 
nessee Nielsen practices licensing and 
trademark law in Dallas. She and hus- 
band Mike Tankersley vacationed in 
Greece. Life is hectic with their 5 chil- 
dren. "Needed someone who wouldn't 
talk back, so got a springer spaniel, 
Sami." Saw Liz Conway Selden '77 at the 
ABA meeting in Toronto. Sharon Ruvane 
(Stowe, VTl is a speech language pathol- 
ogist at the local h.s. Daughter Gretchen 
attends Chote Rosemary Hall; son Harry 
enters 7"^ grade. Her summer was full of 
hiking, running, sailing and friends. Dede 
Ryan Ale, still in London and loving it, 
says "all I do is go to the market & run 
errands — a real change of pace from 
Houston. Classmates, please look us up." 
Meg Shields Duke (Englewood, CO) has 
been appointed to the Alumnae Board. 
She says it's a great way for her to keep 
ties strong. Another busy year as Library 
Director at a "venerable" Phila. law firm 
for Linda )ean Smith Schneider. She's 
still singing in a choral group. Husband 
Lee spent most of '98 in Mannheim, Cer- 
manv so Linda Jean took day trips to Ro- 
manesque cathedrals and museums. 
Cinna Spangler Polley (Lookout Mtn., 
TN) now has 4 show horses and travels 
the southeast with them. Husband 
David's son was married at the NYC 
Botanical Gardens and their son Frank 
(10) was best man. Susan Verbridge 
Paulson (Colorado Springs) reports all 
well with the family (Christina 15, Danny 
13). Cynde Seller Lister (Williamsport, 
PAi responded well to treatment for non- 
Hodgkins lymphoma. Amazingly, she 
stays busy with her retail store, PTA, 
PTO, soccer and "endless community 
projects." Husband Ron continues in the 
ER; they are forming a new church out of 
their home fellowship. Marsha Taylor 
Horton (Dover, DE) wrote, " I am truly 
enjoying married life — it's better than I 
expected. There've been a lew losses, 
family and friends, but the Lord has done 
His usual and kept us through it all. 
Work is a bear!" "Busy is the word" from 
Ann Works Balderston (Pittford, NY). 
Husband Biv is now Managing Executive 
at Sedgwick of NY. Ann's on the Board at 
Allendale Columbia, has school volun- 
teering and business entertaining. The 
Balderstons vacationed on Lake Cham- 
plain, Rome and Florence, lackson Hole 
and Gasparilla Club (FL). Gail Ann Win- 
kler Zarwell's daughter Laura (12) at- 
tended camp with several SBC alumnae 
daughters (Melanie Coyne Cody's Sarah 
and Kit Newman Detering's Kassie). Gail 
Ann misses trips to SBC for Alumnae 
Board, but says it's time to stay home 
with family. As your class secretary, I, 
Debbie Mutch Olander, took hits last 
year lor not including my own news. My 

news was only sad. My husband Bill 
passed away in March. Your annual 
cards, as well as the special notes many 
of you sent, helped me through this 
awful time. I'm relocating to Tallahassee, 
having been accepted into the Ph.D. pro- 
gram in Musicology at FL State. I've re- 
turned to work as a technical writing 
consultant, and coordinated a major pro- 
posal effort for Lockheed-Martin. Life is 
resuming slowly, one day at a time, and I 
am delighted to report that I have man- 
aged to stay out of the hospital this year, 
for the first time since 1991. Many 
thanks to all who wrote, but especially 
this year You're a wonderful group. 


Co-Presidents: Cindi Little Townsend, 
Susan Anthony Lineberry 
Secretary: Lauren MacMannis Huyett 
Co-Fund Agents: Ashley Wilson Brook, 
Ram Weiler 

A few more additions to the world! 
Susan Lord Searles has another boy 
named josh, born 1/31/98 joining brother 
Robbie. Sara Pope Titchener and hus- 
band Walt had tein girls on 7/1/98. 
George Edwards came 7 weeks early, on 
Christmas Eve, for Prudence Saunders 
Pitcock but he is an active little boy now 
and is fine. Robbie McBride Bingham 
delivered Samuel Patrick on 9/24/95 and 
is expecting another boy 11/98. Also a 
few moves: Shari Sellers is in Idaho Falls, 
ID and expects to be purchasing a new 
house there. Sherri Manson relocated to 
Chicago where she obtained her MBA 
and is now working for her brother at a 
private equity firm. Janet Baldwin Mc- 
Colloch moved to a " new old" house, 4 
blocks from her old one in Dallas. 

People also have very interesting ca- 
reers! Saralee Cowles Boteler is manag- 
ing her pr firm's South African practice 
from Washington DC and travels there 
very often. Wendy Worthern Elliott is in 
Columbus, CA and is busy in the com- 
mercial real estate business. Tricia Gra- 
ham took watercolor lessons, had a 
student show and sold one of her paint- 
ings! Tricia literally ran into Holly Harri- 
son, her two children and husband in 
NYC! Holly has returned to live in the 
States after living in Europe. Laura Crum 
is in Montgomery, AL practicing law. In 
1/99 she will become President of the 
Mont. County Bar Assoc. Nancy White is 
in NYC at a new job with Country Home 
magazine and is sailing often in her 
hometown, Larchmont. 

"It was heavenly to ride across SBC's 
fields" writes Karen Jaffa McGoldrick of 
the riding reunion that took place 5/98. 
This was to honor Paul Cronin and many 
former riders attended, including Cathy 
Calello Staples. Becky Trulove Symons's 
girls are fine, and she is busily involved 
in volunteer work. Graham Maxwell 
Russell also says all is fine and for people 
to please visit if ever in Palm Beach. 
Page Breakell Beeler is busy with the 
Garden Club of VA, and church and 
school activities. Susan Andrews Cruess 
is very happy and busy in Kansas City. 
Judy Williams Carpenter still works at St. 
Catherine's and mentioned a great trip to 
Disney World last Oct. Susan Anthony 
Lineberry is busy with the boys who are 
now 15, twins are 12 and one more 11 ! 
She works with the city of Newport 
News and helped host the junior 
Olympic games. 

A lot of European connections! Mary 
Cowell still works at the Museum of Fine 
Arts in Boston but travels to Italy 2-3 
times a year to purchase jewelry for the 
museum. Ram Ramsdell Mitchell reports 
a big adventure: the Mitchell family is 
going to France for the year and Pam 
plans to home-school the 4 children! 
Vicki Wingate returned from a mission 
trip to the Ukraine and says "never 
dreamed when taking Russian history at 
SBC that one day 1 would be in the for- 
mer LJSSR publicly sharing mv Christian 
faith!" Karen Ries writes from Denmark 
that she works as a Communications Co- 
ordinator for a financial software com- 
pany and in free time is with husband 
and son Christian, who is 5. She keeps in 
touch with Connor Kelly. Connor moved 
with her family to Italy, and has traveled 
to Venice, Florence, Sicily, Pisa and Cali- 
fornia. Son Patrick is in first grade and 
Teague is an active toddler. She contin- 
ues to work as a LeLeche League leader 
and enjoyed training in Louisville in Aug. 
where she got to visit her family. Kim 
Louis Stewart lives in Scotland and is 
busy raising her 4 kids aged 8,7,5 and 2. 
Helen R. Lewis lives in Washington DC 
but lived in Paris in 1995 and is going 
back this fall to see friends. Barb Mallett 
is also going to France for 6 months. She 
will be working at Lilly France. We're 
about to finish up our adventure here in 
Zurich, after 3 years. Bill is transferring to 
the Boston office of McKinsey and Co. 
We are building a house in Concord, MA 
and plan to move over Christmas break. 
We were lucky enough last summer to 
purchase a beach house in Falmouth, on 
Cape Cod and spent a great summer 
there. My kids are now 15, 13, 10, 8 and 
4 and are very much looking forward to 
moving back to the US. See you at the 


Presidents: Heather Pirnie Albert, Diane 


Secretary: Beth Sheets Reed 

Fund Agents: Ann Morton Young Hablis- 

ton, Carol Searles Bohrer 

Eight classmates moved into new 
homes this year Ginny Beverly Ring, 
husband, and son, Tom (2) have returned 
to Atlanta. Ginny looks forward to seeing 
SBC friends around town. Nancy Daugh- 
erty Davis and family also moved to At- 
lanta. Nancy had daughter #3 this year, 
Lydia, who joins sisters Meredith and 
Katherine. A new home and new baby 
are also the news from Rhoda Harris. 
She and family moved out of Manhattan 
to Short Hills, N| and welcomed son *2, 
larrod McCain Irwin, born 8/10/98. Jean 
von Schrader Bryan moved from FL to 
CA, near LA, and hopes this will be the 
last move for a while. Her children, 
Betsy (7), George (6) and Anne (5) are 
taking the move in stride. She'd like to 
hear from classmates and friends in CA. 
lean spoke to Jane Dure who is doing 
"great in Austin, TX." Francie Mantho 
Belliveau and husband are moving to 
Lexington, VA where he has taken a po- 
sition at the VMI Foundation. Their chil- 
dren are Ned (6), Mike (4) and Anna (2). 
Monika Kaiser and family had a local 
move to a larger house. Monika, Richard 
and children, Alexa (8) and lulius (3) 
traveled to Europe. Martha Tisdale 
Cordell moved to a larger home in Tulsa, 
OK and enjoys having more space for 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine ■ Spr!\'g 1999 


the children, Ryan (6), Mary Louise (41 
and a new kitten. Martha is bacl< at work 
part-time at the U. of Tulsa College of 
Law, and busy with volunteer work. She 
and David took a trip to Ireland 3/98. 
Betsy Bell Liles and family moved into 
the house that her husljand grew up in. 
She has four boys, U , 8, & 3-year-old 
twins. She enjoyed seeing Kathy 
Reynolds Barness, )ennifer Hebb La 
Rose, Sally Davis Daniels and Molly 
Finney last March. 

If it's not time to move then it must be 
time to renovate. Cathy Adams Miller is 
happy with the addition to their house, 
which gives more room lor Madeline i6i, 
AN l4,i and visitors. Cathy is a clinical 
staft pharmacist and still finds lime for 
riding. Ann Morton Young Habliston and 
familv will be glad when renovations to 
their home in Alexandria, VA are com- 
pleted. Ann Morton is working at St. 
Paul's School part-time, volunteering and 
attempting to play tennis. She enjoyed 
having the Reeds for a quick visit 6/98 
and seeing Leigh Leibel at their H.S. re- 

Welcome to the new babies. Mary 
LaVigne Fletcher writes that daughter Eu- 
genia l3l has a sister, Henlev, born 8/97. 
Anne Edmunds Hansen had a son. David 
12/97 and is home schooling their 3 
daughters. Oracle Tredwell Schild e- 
mailed from Bonn, Germany that she 
and husband Ceorg had their first child, 
Christoph Victor Schild on 3/20/98. Two 
other classmates are awaiting their first 
children. Debbie Rundlett and husband, 
Dick are expecting a daughter 11/98. 
Mary Ames Booker Sheret and husband, 
Dan are expecting their first child 4/99. 

Additions in the canine variety: Sally 
Shapard Peek and family added a puppy 
just when life started to get easier. Sons, 
Bobbv and Anlhon\ are in school and 
twin girls are 4. Beth Engelsmann Flani- 
gan has a new cocker pupp\ to keep her 
bu5\ now that Drew is 1 4 and Lacey 8. 
Dorinda Davis Trick is still practicing 
therapy and enjoying her new poodle 
puppy, which joins the menagerie. 

New jobs. Deborah Price Bowman is 
now director of Marketing for Nicholas- 
Applegate, which involves some over- 
seas travel. She is tr\'ing to balance work 
with motherhood to Katie (21 and is glad 
to be able to work some of the time from 
home, although home continues to be 
under renovations. Anne Coebel Bain's 
new position as financial advisor keeps 
her travelling. Anne and her husband 
had a week in HI on pleasure. Nancy 
Trimble Howell, who is now a Mary Kay 
rep.. Brownie Troop leader and mother 
to Devin, also vacationed in HI this year. 

Unfortunately, we have news of two 
illnesses. Maria Anderson was diagnosed 
with breast cancer in '97. She encour- 
ages us all to do monthly BSE's and to 
have mammograms. From Carol Searles 
Bohrer comes news that Lisa Lauback 
Claflin has been verv ill battling Lvme 
Disease. Please keep Maria and Lisa in 
your thoughts. 

News of "life as usual". Angela 
Averelt Scurry says things are fabulous 
in Atlanta. Her business. Parents First, 
Inc. is doing well, as are the children, 
Daniel (11 ), Claire (10) and Catherine (8). 
Ruth Fowler Bauerle is busy with 2 boys, 
John i6i, Magill 1 1 1 and working part-time 
as an ophthalmologist assistant. Ruth's 
husband, lack had a great year as UCA 
swim coach. Both the Men and Women's 
teams are in the top 5 nationally. Libby 

Lee Gantt Castles is raising her 6 chil- 
dren, a feat made more complicated now 
that the triplets are out of cribs. Rachel 
Giles Cronsky, |oel and their children, 
lake i8i, Connor I6l, and lordan i4i enjov 
living in the Seattle area where Rachel is 
an at-home-mom. Polk Green e-mailed 
that her mechanical engineering degree 
is only 7 classes away. She enjoyed a trip 
home to TX for her H.S. reunion and re- 
ports all well in Bedford, VA. Patsy Grif- 
fith VanEtten continues to work at the 
farm, son Nicholas starts K-4, and hus- 
band leff who retired early from the AF, 
now works in private industn,'. Rosemary 
Hardy continues to teach BehavioralK 
Disordered children at the K-3 level and 
enjoyed vacationing with Rebecca Cog- 
gin Hubert ('831 and children. Leslie 
Hertz also teaches at the K-3 level, chil- 
dren with severe handicaps. She and 
husband. Bob traveled to AZ and are 
planning a trip to either HI or New Or- 
leans. Kelly Judson Jenkins has all 3 chil- 
dren, R|. i7i, Windsor 6. Britton (5i 
attending the same school. She and Paul 
were able to get away to ME and hope to 
go to Rome in '99. Liz Kauffman enjo\s 
living in Lexington, KY. Rachel Millrood 
Perlman and husband David are surviv- 
ing, barelv, with caring for children, So- 
phie i8i Jonathan .*» Morgan il i and 
careers. Rachel is a securities broker. 
Heather Pirnie Albert is still at H&R 
Block. Mike left teaching and is now a 
computer programmer. Their children are 
Rebecca Il4i and Samantha (9i. Maryce 
Ramsey works for CEDPA and splits her 
week between D.C. and Baltimore. She 
and husband Chris Rich are busv with 
sons Ryan (111 and Sean (31. Carol Sear- 
les Bohrer decided to add to her sched- 
ule of children and charity work by 
taking up piano. She plays golf with 
Alice Dixon who is like an Aunt to Price 
(7) and Emilv (41. Lucie Stephens Hol- 
land misses being class secretar\'. She 
continues as director at the Boyhood 
Home of Robert E. Lee and was admitted 
to the Garden Club of \'A, Lucie's son. 
Carter turns 3. Lee Watson Lombardy is 
still in Orlando, in private practice of 
law. Husband, Warren is with Darden 
Restaurants and daughter, Georgia is 2. 
Bn,'an, Kate (12), Matt (lOi and I are 
busy in Birmingham. As a familv we en- 
joyed our trip to FL in '97 to see |im 
Wetherbee's lift-off, Robin Piatt Wether- 
bee, and all the classmates in atten- 
dance. The children and I also had a 
great time with Ann Morton and family. 
We enjoyed catching up w ith classmates 
and their families at Marie Engel Earn- 
hart's. I continue to teach K-3, 3 davs a 
week and play tennis and am "Car Pool 
Diva" the other 2. Thanks for the great 
response. Until next time, have a won- 
derful vear! 


President: El Warner 

Secretary: DeAnne Blanlon 

Fund Agents: Lenetta Archard McCamp- 

bell, Kim Knox Norman 

Betty Saylor loves living in San Fran- 
cisco. She visited Cecily Shultz Banks in 
Providence, Rl. Maha Kanoo is living in 
Dubai. She took a jewelry course at 
Sotheby's in London. Nancy McMullen 
Bearsch completed her Masters in health 
administration. She lives on a horse farm 
in MD. Ellen Carver Burlingame and 
family moved to Virginia Beach. 

Sandy Whaling Wierman is a com- 
puter programmer lor Davidson College. 
She happilv rides her bike to work and 
has given awav all her corporate suits. 
Marguerite Germain is a second-year 
dermatologv resident at the National 
Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. 
Jane Guignard Cox and husband lames 
Murray are living in Black Mountain, 
NC. lane is marketing communications 
manager for Biltmore Estate. Catty Hub- 
bard is still in New York. She is studio 
manager for DFA Advertising. Patsy 
Kraeger continues to practice law in 
Phoenix. She won the Dept. of lustice's 
1998 National Meritorious Public Service 
Award. Leslie LeHane-Stamp is raising 
her 3 daughters in Madison, Wl, where 
she works in the restaurant business. 
Reinette Boucher works part-time as an 
accountant, and is busv with Alexander, 
3 and Caroline, 1. Louellen Brooks 
Meyer is organist and director of music 
ministries at her church. Her children are 
Vic, 5 and Vivian, 6. Mimi Godfrey 
Hockman lives in Singapore with her 
husband and two sons, lack, 3 and Cole, 
I . She writes and designs photo shoots 
for local magazines. Jennifer Campbell 
lives in France with her husband and two 
children, lordan, 5 and Gillian, 2. She is 
still with Disnev, and is still renovating 
her farmhouse. Kim Knox Norman is m 
Atlanta working her treelance design 
business. Her daughter, Sally, is 2. jeanie 
Guthans Wilkins is busv in Mobile, AL, 
with her 3 sons, and her work at the 
Chamber of Commerce. Elizabeth Kelly 
Ravitz is busy in N| with Alexander, 4 
and Rebecca 2. She is product manager 
for AT&T's Internet Protocol Network. 
Kathi Knippel Tysor is in Corpus Christi, 
T,\ with her husband, son Rvan and 
daughter Lauren. Kathi is an employee 
relations manager for Coca-Cola. Leanne 
Weber Kreis is still in the furniture busi- 
ness in MD. Her children are Phillip, 5 
and Katie, 2. 

Debbie Fischer Oleisky announces 
the birth of Emily Rebecca on 2/9/98. 
Debbie is still teaching chemistry. Beth 
Anderson Kearns announces the birth of 
lack, on 5/22/98. She is a program direc- 
tor with Fidelitv Investments in Boston; 
she and her husband are renovating a 
bungalow. Ruthann Holland Zins, in 
Cincinnati, works as the CFO at a non- 
profit corporation. She reports the birth 
of her first babv, Thomas Joseph, on 
5/30/98. Renata Leckszaz Davis, in Balti- 
more, announces the birth of Andrew 
Richmond 6/1 8/98. He joins brother 
lames, 2. Gale Oertii Braswell had her 
first child, Andrew Jacob, 7/28/98. Gale 
works as the propertv manager for a 
planned communitv. Kim Hancock 
Hedrick is a consultant in Winchester, 
\'A. Her daughter is Michelle, and she 
was due to give birth to a son 10/98. 

Cathrien de Kruyff de Liagre Bohl is 
still in the Netherlands, raising daughter 
Annigje, 2 and twin sons, Floris and 
Diederik. Heidi Belofsky Turk, in Vienna, 
VA IS busv with her 2 pre-schoolers, but 
still qualified for the VVorld Champi- 
onships in "Ladies Hunter Side Saddle." 
Susan Bailey is raising her 3 daughters. 
She is also active in competitive trail 
rides near Roanoke, VA. Laura Morris- 
sette Clark stavs active in Mobile with 
her sons and with volunteer work. Malli- 
hai Lawrence Tambyah is full-time par- 
enting Philip and Tamara in .Australia. 
Karia Kennedy Newman, in Winston- 
Salem, NC, has 3 kids, Rebecca, 5 and 

hvins William and David, 2, a SUV, and 
a great tan. 

I, too, have joined the ranks of the 
stay-at-home moms since the birth of my 
first babv, Samuel, on 9/28/98. As usual, 
it's been marvelous to hear from all of 


President: Tracy Tigerman Thompson 
Secretary: Eden Zuckerman Brown 
Fund Agent: Katrina Evans Gatti 

Stacy Meadows Apler is still full-time 
at PriceAVaterhouse Coopers as a bene- 
fits consultant in Atlanta, josh is 20 
months and Stacy is trving hard to bal- 
ance work and life. Denise Landau Blind 
and her husband bought a house in N| 
7/97 and have been renovating it. Tvler 
(4) and Chelsea i1 1 keep life interesting. 
Denise is working part-time at NJ's si 
Steakhouse and vacationing in HI 11/98. 
Leslie Corrado is still in San Francisco. 
She loves her job as a photographer. 
Stacey Vilar Csaplar and her husband, 
Andy, have a new baby boy (5/15/98) 
named Rorv'. Stacey is teaching one class 
at the Boston Museum of Science, but is 
"mommving" most of the time. Susan 
Detweiler moved to Boulder, where 
Peter returned to school. Thev guided the 
"high peaks" of Bolivia, and she still 
teaches mountaineering for CO Outward 
Bound. Her environmentallv correct 
"Earthship" house nears completion. 
Susan is sorrv she missed reunion, but is 
planning to ski with Melinda Sher this 
winter. Melinda is Manager of the camp- 
ing section of the REI store near Denver. 
Kate Cole Hite and her husband. Tucker 
have a new daughter (10/4/981 named 
MacKenzie Elizabeth. Kelly Meredith la- 
cobelli and John live in Atlanta with an 
English Bulldog puppv, luliet. She is a 
Regional Marketing Manager for a wine 
companv. Kathryn Ingham is in DE 
teaching 3™ grade at Tower Hill Schcxjl 
and is pursuing an MA in Earlv Child- 
hood Education. She is marrving Barton 
Reese 12/98. Julie Lindauer Jacobson is 
in her second vear of a physician assis- 
tant program at Emorv and loves being 
out of the classroom and with patients. 
She savs it is tough being awav from hus- 
band, Mark, who remained in Charlotte, 
but they know there is light at the end of 
the tunnel. Mala Free Jalenak continues 
as the Museum Curator of the Louisiana 
Arts and Science Center. She is President 
of the LA Association of Museums, lack, 
5, is awaiting a sibling, due 4/99. Laura 
Kasprzak is still in rariio advertising in 
N'>'C. lack is 3 and Kennv 1. Elizabeth 
Belser Kistler delivered her second baby 
9/1, '98, named Samuel Mikell. Lauren is 
enjoving her new babv brother. 
Katharine McCoid moved to New York 
to market asset management services for 
Morgan Stanley. She tinished her MBA in 
Mav at St. Joseph's. She and Hazard iher 
dogi are adjusting well to citv living. 
Cheryl-Lynn Horowitz Matheny and her 
husband, Marshall, moved to Columbus, 
OH. She is the Director of Human Re- 
sources for a company. She is expecting 
1 0/98 and the ultrasound says it's a boy! 
Cecilia Moore still teaches at The Uni- 
versitv of Davlon. She is beginning his- 
tor\ inteaiews with her students and 
children from West Davlon in a program 
called "Bridge the Caps," in which she 
also interviews senior citizens about the 


Sweet Bri,\r College Alum\,\e M,\g,\zi\e ■ Spri\g 1999 

role of religious laith in their lives. She 
says that Prakashini Punniamoorthy Sahi 
is moving to Seattle 10/98. Celia visited 
Praka, her husband and bab\. Anne 
Powell lives in Bristol, VA and still works 
tor )nhn Hancock in estate planning. 
Jeanne Rovlcs-Mexic and her husband, 
Scott, wish thev could have made it to 
reunion, but were awaiting the birth ot 
son, Blake who arrived 6/9/98. Caroline 
Reu Rolader and Ric are in Atlanta. Thev 
nio\ed into a new house just in time tor 
the arrival of their new baby, Richard 
Holcomb (born 5/28/981. Caroline is try- 
ing to balance motherhood and architec- 
ture. Carrick Winkler Rowe is still in 
NYC. In )une, she married Clive Patrick 
Rowe in Toronto, and is expanding her 
antiques and decorating business there. 
Paige Shiller is still at KSK Communica- 
tions handling high-tech PR. She and 
Steve moved into a new house in a cute, 
historic neighborhood in DC, and got a 
black lab pupp\ named lack. Katie 
Keogh Snelling and her husband, Geoff, 
are expecting their third child 11/98. 
Their other children are lake |5I and 
William (31. She says that Beth Bennet 
Haga is expecting her first child 9/98. 
Beth is still in London and sees Paige 
Apple Montinaro regularly Paige and 
Ennio ha\e one son, Alex. Katie also says 
that Mary Halliday Shaw and her hus- 
band. Brad, have 3 bovs and Mary is ac- 
ti\e in real estate in Larchmont, NY. Staci 
Stockburger has moved to Fa\'etteville, 
AR. Erica Hennig Subramaniam was 
married 6/27/98, the hottest dav in 10 
years! Carol lones Smith ('871 was one of 
her bridesmaids. Erica is still an informa- 
tion specialist at the SC Dept. of Com- 
merce. While her husband, Surain, is 
finishing his Ph.D. at USC in Interna- 
tional Relations, she has taken up golf. 
Ellyn Palmero Theophilopoulos and her 
husband. Dean, moved to the Tampa 
area. She is interviewing for academic 
pediatric positions. She and Dean have a 
14-mo. old daughter, loanne. Tracy 
Tigerman Thompson and Danny are 
doing well and tr\ ing to expand their 
famiK. Nici Fraley Williams announces 
the birth of her first child, lames Sarven 
Williams, Ir. dakei on 9/24/98. Thev live 
in Birmingham, AL. Nici is "retired" from 
law practice while raising lake. As for 
me, it was great to see everyone at Re- 
union. Hope to see more at 1 5. Also en- 
joyed Alumnae Council, where I saw 
Stephanie Sprouse who had a big pro- 
motion at work and en|Ovs living in Ar- 
lington, VA. I also saw Whitney Bolt 
Lewis at Council. She is in Chariotte 
working in a large veterinary practice 
and really enjoying life. Meanwhile, Bill 
and I quit our good government jobs and 
moved to Winchester, VA and opened 
our own private practice. We are enjoy- 
ing the clean air and lack of traffic. 
Thanks for all the news and notes! Hope 
to hear from even more of you next year! 


President: Suzanne Petrie Brady 

Secretary: Kimberley "Kimber" Hatter 


Fund Agent: Beth Hensley Martin 

Christine Flint Canterbury still resides 
in German\ and had a son 5/3/98. 
Stacey Lawrence Lee married William 
Lee 3/14/98 and honevmooned in Zer- 
matt, Switzerland. She lives in New York 
and is working towards a certificate in 

portfolio management at New York Univ. 
Suzanne Petrie Brady teaches at the Air 
Force Academv. She spent the summer at 
the Univ of Salamanca, Spain and taught 
a seminar in the fall in Columbia and 
Ecuador. Midge McCalley lives in Sal- 
ado, T\ and teaches the 7'" grade. Beth 
Robinson Dean had a son 10/19/98 and 
still teaches the 3rd grade. Keely Lange is 
working on her doctoral dissertation. She 
traveled to Italy and Brazil. D'Andra Sim- 
mons lives in Santa Monica, CA and 
started her own production company. 
She has been attending film school at 
UCLA and AFI. Karen Holland lives in 
Charlotte, NC and was promoted to Se- 
nior Compensation Analvst at Champion 
Products. Signee Hoffman started her 
own chiropractic practice in Bakersfield, 
CA. Karen Hott works full time at a de- 
sign firm in Atlanta. Attended Stephanie 
Banton's v\edding 3/98 and Anne Keat- 
ing Ashley's wedding 6/98. Hopes to fin- 
ish her BFA in Interior Design 3/99. 
Jennifer Gregg visited with Stacey 
Lawrence Lee Marie Wright Hadler Al 
Doucette Miller and Carlin McKenna 
Maroney. Spent vacation ratting down 
the Colorado River through the Grand 
Canyon. Mamie Farmer Farley resides in 
Richmond, VA and her husband gradu- 
ated from law school 5/98 (-1 in his 
class!). Spent 3 weeks in Europe and vis- 
ited with Christine Flint Canterbury. 
Emily Leming started paramedic school 
8/98. Penny Tadler moved to Brooklyn, 
NY and is a special education teacher. 
She will complete a double masters in El- 
ementary Ed. and Reading 5/99. Keeps in 
touch with Kate Haw i'92i, Charlotte 
Bonini i'92i and Carey Bates. Shelbie Fil- 
son works at the Lvnchburg Fine .Arts 
Center and has appeared in numerous 
plays. Melanie Duke lives in Washing- 
ton, DC and works at The Prestwick 
Mortgage Croup as |r. Vice President of 
Mortgage Trading. Keeps in touch with 
Kristen Walberg Amy Lemieux Connie 
Gehrman and D'Andra Simmons Erin 
Katz graduated from med. school and is 
interning in general surgery at The Mayo 
Clinic in Rochester, MN. Stephanie 
White Frost had a son 8/12/98 and lives 
in Alexandria, VA. Wendy Pressel Sulli- 
van had a daughter 8/26/98. Mary Lan- 
ford Price moved to Rapidan, VA and 
still rides full time. Her email address is 
timandmarvpis'firsh' Vickie.Campo 
Byrd moved to Winston-Salem, NC 
where her husband attends grad school 
at Wake Forest. She traveled extensively 
last summer and saw manv SBC class- 
mates. Her new phone number is 
(336)759-0987. Al Doucette Miller will 
graduate from the Univ of Southern ME 
with a BFA in Art Education Spring 1999. 
Wei Tang works for Exxon Chemical 
Companv in Houston, TX. Elliott Pitts 
was promoted to Program Director at 
Make-A-Wish and still lives in Camden, 
ME. Carey Bates lives in Hartford, CT 
and works for a software company. She 
keeps in touch with Amber Vellenga and 
manv classmates via email. Lea Gardner 
Tikka vacationed in Finland 8/98, 
Stephanie Berger lives in Washington, 
DC w ith Connie Gehrman. She works as 
Director ot the National Finance Com- 
mittee for the Democratic National Com- 
mittee. She keeps in touch with Jen 
Kemper who lives in Denver, CO. Nicole 
Hodges had a son 1/31/98. Kathryn 
Glass lives at the Naval Air Station at 
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where she is a 
familv physician for the Navy. She is ex- 

pecting a baby 1/99. Carlin McKenna 

Maroney has 2 girls and enjoys life as a 
full time mom. Betsy Butler traveled to 
London with W&L friends 12/98 and 
went to Germany, Austria and Switzer- 
land on vacation 7/98. She is on a com- 
mittee to plan Ohio's Bicentennial 
Celebrations in 2003. Rachel Elkins 
moved back to Amherst, VA to be Assis- 
tant Director of Admissions at SBC. She 
saw Amber Vellenga, Kristina Glusac 
i'92i and Debra Elkins ('93i at her 
brother Asa's ucdding (HSC '931 6/98. 
Katherine Cooper Hoffman started her 
own company, Scissorhands Marketing 
and Communications. Her first babv is 
due 1/20/99. Her email address is Nicole Cauthier 
and husband live in Centreville, VA. She 
travels extensively with Carlson Market- 
ing Group. They went on safari in Kenva 
and she saw many classmates at Claire 
Stapleton's ('92) wedding. Cathi Goslau 
lives in Glen Burnie, MD. She keeps in 
touch w ith Cheryl Bishop and Tammy 
O'Malley. Liz Jennings moved to Char- 
lottesville to start her Ed.D. at UVA. An- 
gela Wall Metheney had a daughter 
4/2/98 and still works for Monongalia 
Gen. Hospital. Arleigh Davis works for 
Database Computer Svstems in L\ nch- 
burg, VA. As for me, Kimber, I am enjov- 
ing life in Nellvsford, VA (near 
Wintergreeni with my husband, 3-yr-old 
son, and our lack Russell Terrier. I keep 
in touch with many 1991 classmates and 
Katherine Black i'92i. Mv freshman 
roommate, Ellen MacDonald Allen lives 
in Annapolis, MD. She was married to 
Don Allen (UVA '921 5/30/98 and is an 
interior designer. I hope to hear from all 
of vou again real soon. You can reach 
me at (8041 361-1827. 


President: Erica Q. Clayton 
Secretary: Susan Margaret Barrett 
Fund Agent: Ashley Henderson 

Kim Mounger is a librarian in Corval- 
lis, OR. She visited England and Scotland 
in Oct. Ginger Amon White is in Hick- 
ory, NC with her husband and lab, Deke. 
She attended Amy Ross's wedding in 
Memphis and spent time with Amy's sis- 
ter-in-law Tracie Allen Webber '93. Gin- 
ger attended Stacey McLain's '93 
wedding in Oct. Ginger was married 
1 1/97. Manv SBCers attended. Stacey 
Eisenberg Payne is m Birmingham, AL 
with her husband, David (W&L Law '96), 
whom she married 7/97. Her brides- 
maids were Renee Brooks Frederiksen, 
Angle Carpenter Good, Ashley Hender- 
son, Rebecca Nelson and Sarah Evans. 
Robyn Barto attended. Stacey (S a 5th 
grade teacher and David is an attorney. 
Robyn Barto is still a financial counselor 
at Swarthmore College. Kathy May is a 
Program Manager/Management Planner 
with Int'l Insurance Council in DC and 
anticipates travel to Europe and Asia. She 
is nding at Dale Citv Stables and keeps 
in touch with Katie Blaik, Alex Stewart, 
and other SBCers. Amy Loux is still with 
Lucasfilm THX in San Rafael, CA at e- 
mail address Caitlin 
Sunby is still the Director of Int'l Devel- 
opment and travels to Mexico, Japan, 
and Europe. Caitlin works with Carson 
Scheppe '95, and keeps in touch with 
Amy Waite '93, Kelly Schmitt. She's 
looking forward to Mary Byrd 
Schroeder's wedding 3/99. Molly Morris 

took classes at OH State in the Art His- 
tory Department (which paled in com- 
parison to SBC's). She works at 
Columbus Museum of Art giving tours to 
elem. students and started a job at 
Harold's. Katherine Cooke is still at UVA 
in a doctoral program in Higher Ed. 
Admin. She received her MA in History 
5/98. Katherine met a great guy who 
takes her line dancing and to Nascar 
races. Amy Davis did her graduate work 
at the Univ. of London but has come 
home to Knoxville, TN to finish her PhD 
thesis (Gender Constructions in Walt Dis- 
nev's ,Animated Filmsi. Amy stavs in 
touch w ith Cara Gunther Waterhouse 
and Alicia King '97. Kelleigh Smith Som- 
mer, in San Antonio, TX with husband, 
Richard, is the job Cost Accountant with 
the company which produces scratch-off 
lotterv tickets for manv states. She stavs 
in touch with Mary Ellen Homer Betsy 
Laniard, and Caitlin Amy Biathrow Ross 
enjoys her job at the US Headquarters of 
The Body Shop. She and her husband, 
Craig, bought and renovated a house 
4/98. Amy saw Stephanie Hanson at 
Beth Riccobono's wedding 6/20/98. 
Linda Lombardo teaches 5th grade at 
Lake Norman Charter School outside 
Charlotte, NC. Linda, her husband, An- 
thony, and their 3 boys are settling in 
nicely in their new home and neighbor- 
hood. Greta Eustace Sullivan and her 
husband, Gregory had a little girl, Caitlin 
Elisabeth on 4/7/98. They recently had 
dinner with Bonnie Insalacco Abrams '93 
and her husband John, who had a baby 
also. Melissa Thomason O'Toole and her 
husband, Timothy, also had a baby, 
Conor Ryan, on 5/3/98 in San Diego, 
CA. Melissa keeps up with Amy 
Schroeder '95 and Heather Swenberg '93 
is Conor's godmother. Her husband still 
flies with the Marine Corps. Katie Blaik is 
finishing law school at OSU and clerked 
for an OK Supreme Court justice last 
summer, where she will continue until 
graduation. Elizabeth Jenkins Bush loves 
Savannah, GA. She received a M.Ed., 
and works as a guidance counselor at a 
downtown h.s. Kelly Schmitt works at 
Luce On Line. She en|o\'S being the new 
president of the Alumnae Club of AZ and 
keeps up with Mary Holmes, Lesley 
Byers, Lauren Vantyle and Caitlin 
Sundby Shannon Heteel-Dykes and her 
husband, |im, relocated to Augusta, GA 
with the US Army. They hope to be back 
in VA for |im to pursue a MA degree. 
Shannon loves being a stay-at-home 
mom with son. Carter 14/30/971. Susan 
Morgan is still in Richmond, VA, work- 
ing as a successful cosmetic image con- 
sultant for Clinique. Courtney O'Dea still 
lives in DC. She is in nursing school at 
Marvmount Univ. after receiving her MA 
and works in a hospital. Courtney hopes 
to soon be a Pediatric Psychiatric Nurse. 
She enjoyed a number of SBC mini-re- 
unions. Jamee Thompson Briggs and 
John (H-SC '951 are back in DC. Jamee is 
teaching 4-yr-olds in McLean, VA. 
Amelia McDaniel is marking |. Wooten 
Johnson on 1/9/99. He works on Democ- 
ratic campaigns. They are hoping to relo- 
cate, maybe DC. Amelia left her job as 
Education Director at St. Georges, 
Nashville in 12/98. Allison Chance 
Gabrielsen is practicing estate planning 
law at King & Spalding in Atlanta. Allie 
travels with her husband, jimmy, who 
works with the PGA Tour. Allie visited 
with Tysha Calhoun in San Antonio, TX, 
and with Stephanie Dudley '95, Laura 

Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine ' Spring 1999 


Green Silsbee, and her husband, Mead, 
in Jackson Hole, WY over the 4lh of |uly. 
Laura Green Silsbee and Mead bought a 
house in Park City, UT and have a Ger- 
man Shepherd. Patricia Ceets works for 
Sen. Akaka (D-Hli in DC and works on 
marine\environmental legislation as a 
Krauss SeaCrant Fellow until 2/99. Patri- 
cia visited SBC and went hiking with her 
dog. She is almost finished her MS in 
Oceanography and Coastal Science. 
Beth Riccobono-Shiffler married Paul on 
6/20/98. Amy Biathrow Ross attended 
the wedding and Stephanie Hanson gave 
the sermon. Beth is a house director, 
teacher, and coach at Norlhfield Mount 
Hermon School in Northfield, MA. Jii! 
Higginbotham has a new career in UNIX 
Application Support at AT&T in Her- 
nando, V.\. Liz Homoki moved from 
Capitol Hill to GMU Law School, class 
of 2000. Last summer Liz worked at the 
AG of VA in the Correctional Litigation 
Div. And looks forward to a career in 
criminal litigation. Kim Szuszczewicz 
Snead still works for Price Waterhouse 
Coopers as an IT Consultant and travels 
to the SW and to Caracas, Venezeula, 
where her parents now live. Kim spent 
Jul\ -1th w ith Christy Young and attended 
Katherine Lindsey Auchter's wedding. 
lodi Szuszczewicz McGee's baby is due 
1/6/99. Heather Roby is in San Fransisco 
working for kaiser Pennanente. Kather- 
ine Lindsey Auchler married David 
(Lynchburg College '93) on 5/9/98 and 
now lives in a state of bliss! Katherine, 
David, and their border collie, Edith, 
have a house and 2. .5 acres on the St. 
John's River in Jacksonville, FL. Kather- 
ine still specializes in employee benefit 
services at IMG. Heather Bayfield was 
the maid of honor in Katherine's wed- 
ding. Heather lives in Jacksonville also, 
and is a financial consultant at Merrill 
Lynch. She is also involved in an inter-of- 
fice romance. Rebecca Baker is helping 
children of at-risk families and working 
for Community Services. She completed 
her M.Ed, in Counseling at Lynchburg 
College 5/98. Her most cherished role 
began 4/4/98: grandmother to Marron 
Kathleen. Katherine Schupp moved back 
to Williamsburg, VA after a year at home 
in New Orleans. She taught Archaeologi- 
cal Field School for the summer and 
works part-time in the Conservation Lab 
at William & Mary. Katherine hopes to 
complete her thesis this year and may re- 
turn to the Caribbean for field work. She 
saw Lucy Deoliveira Rosworth'95 and 
Kat Madden '95 in New Orleans, and 
went to the 4th of |ulv [wrly at SBC. 
Meredith Aikman is back from the Peace 
Corps experience in the South Pacific 
and living in New OHeans. She would 
love to share her stories of black magic, 
cannibalism, and being the 1st white 
person the locals had ever seen! Mered- 
ith attended Katherine Lindsey Auchter's 
wedding. Hopie Carter is still in NYC, 
working at Tiffany & Co., in the Graphic 
Design Dept. and taking classes in 
graphic design at night. A pinnacle for 
Hopie at work was in early Aug. when 
she did the designs for the windows for 
Tiffany's. Hopie spent a weekend in East 
Hampton w itli Kim Clayton and Kirsten 
Osmundsen Boyd. Kim went to Bolivia 
in Sept. to \ isii her beau, Geoff, who is 

in the Peace Corps. Kirsten is living in 
Richmond. Tashie Curpier is in Maine, 
working at L.L.Bean, and still doing the 
"fly fishing thing " Camilla Peulicher 
moved back to VA Beach from Lake 
Tahoe, CA, and works in Graphic De- 
sign. Betsy Lanard finished her MA in 
Music Therapy 5/96 at Allegheny-Hahne- 
mann Univ. She bought a condo in Olde 
City, PA and has been working for Don 
Rosen BMW. Betsy traveled to Greece 
and keeps in touch with Molly Morris 
and Mary Ellen Horner. Erica Clayton is 
the Deputy Director, PA Commission of 
Women. She is working on our class re- 
union and went to TX to visit Heather 
Forrester who is still teaching (and I hear 
is in love! I. Elizabeth Thiepen Landry 
and her husband, Aaron, bought a home 
in Greensboro, NC, which they share 
with their dog Khaki. Elizabeth works as 
an Account Manager. Wendy Wall Nace 
finished her MA in Counseling and is 
now a caseworker. Wendy and her hus- 
band. Randy ILC '95 1, bought a home in 
Birmingham, AL, Allison Vollmer Dou- 
glass married William iH-SC '94i in CT 
on July 4th 1997. Allison is the Director 
of New Media for Southem Progress 
Corp. She and William are remodeling 
their new home and enjoying life in 
Birmingham, AL. Alice Windham passed 
the MS Bar and works lor two judges in 
Hazlehurst, MS. She is showing 
Hunter/lumpers with her horse "Scottie." 
Alice can be reached at malicewind- I am still in Ox- 
ford, MS in my last year of law school at 
Ole Miss. I look forward to seeing all of 
you in Mav for our 5th Reunion! 


President: Ann MacDonald 
Secretary: Kerri Rawlings 
Fund Agent: Kara Vlasaty 

Amanda Acuff is a Richmond Police 
Officer according to Julia Ingelido who is 
teaching 3™ grade in Colorado Springs. 
Molly Cameron is getting her MBA from 
U of Richmond and living with Cakki La- 
timore '96. Also in Richmond is Eliza- 
beth Hunter who is a Relocation 
Coordinator for VA Properties and has 
her real estate license. She is dating an 
HSC grad and sees Courtney Burt, 
Courtney Totushek, and Molly, as well 
as many '96 alums. Courtney T. has re- 
located with her job at Wallace to VA 
Beach. She will marry Ryan Houfek 
11/1 3/99. She told me Stephanie Pap- 
panikou is in South Africa until 12/98. 
Leigh Wilson will graduate 5/99 from 
UNCG with her master's in biology and 
is considering moving to San Francisco. 
She visited Leslie Farinas '98 in Spain 
and saw Becky Moats, Tasha Swales, Va- 
iana Territehau, and Stephanie at the 
Garlic Festival 10/98. Becky is living in 
Northern VA with her boyfriend and is 
the Human Resources and Office Admin- 
istrator for STRATESEC, Inc. She talks to 
Lindsay Maclavish '96. Ann MacDonald, 
and Christy Benson and sees Vaiana. 
Ann is the Assistant Director of the Alum- 
nae Association at SBC and is still dating 
Michael Carter iW&L '981. Kate Hall 
Lombardi has her M.Ed in Mental Retar- 
dation and is teaching h.s. She is happily 

married to Ben and sees Courtney Lam- 
mers, Melanie Vracas, and Catherine 
Osuna Tyler Louthan is in Lake Tahoe, 
working as an Independent Rep. for Aim. 
She will marr\ Ward O'Shea 5/1 5/99. 
Kathryn Black Watson and Allen (HSC 
'961 are in Hattiesburg, MS and are busy 
remodeling their house! She is teaching 
5' grade and was excited for Katy Mc- 
Cartney's visit. She talkf to Hunter and 
jenn Lister. Katy is a S'" grade teacher at 
a private school in Raleigh and the Assis- 
tant Girls Varsity' Basketball Coach. Holly 
lames is a paralegal in Alexandria, VA 
and is preparing tor her 1/9/99 wedding 
to Mark McMickle at the SBC Chapel. 
She keeps in touch with Nicole Kelleher, 
Thea Calenes, Gina Miller, Tara Moran 
'96, and Kristen McCowan Hartley, w ho 
will be her Matron of Honor. Kristen and 
Jonathan (HSC '971 are living in Wash- 
ington, DC. Nicole was at SBC 1 0/98 to 
participate in a Biology Dept. panel. 
Thea is finishing her MFA in Creative 
Writing at U of FL and working in a bak- 
ery. Amy Earehart will graduate 5/99 
trom |MU with her master's in psychol- 
ogy She was at SBC this summer for the 
wedding of Heather Terry Adams Amy 
Everett is in Dallas, TX, working for 
Neiman-Marcus. Lindsy Rollenhagen is 
in VT getting her master's in education 
and living on a farm. Natalie Beidler 
teaches kindergarten in Amherst County 
and Alison Burnett is in her 2"" year of 
law school and was back on campus for 
graduation '98, Stephanie Garcia is in 
Bratislava, Slovakia working in a lab and 
learning Slovak. She will return to her 
Ph.D program at Duke 1/99. Angela 
Williams worked on a farm in Wales be- 
fore joining the Navy 1/98. She is a 
sailor/student at the Defense Language 
Institute in CA studying Russian. She 
plans to graduate 6/99, train as an inter- 
preter in TX, and then be stationed over- 
seas for 2-3 years. )enn Wagner is in her 
2""^' year of law school at U of Pitts- 
burgh. She visited London and Paris as 
part of her Washington, DC internship as 
a legal correspondent. She sees Jess 
Grass and |ill Butcher, less works in DC. 
|ill Gavitt is still teaching English in 
Japan. She's traveled to fHong Kong, Bali, 
and Thailand, and was in the US sum- 
mer '98. She saw Laura Powell '96 and 
Ellie, Jill Butcher, Sarah Butcher '95. and 
Kathy Johnston. She often sees Christy 
Benson, who is teaching h.s. English with 
the |ET program in Osaka, lapan. Kathy 
worked at the US Embassy in Dublin last 
summer and is in her 2™ year at 
Georgetown getting her MS in Foreign 
Ser\ ice. Jill B. is in N|. Cape Healey is in 
DC, doing political fundraising. She trav- 
els a lot with the candidates and hopes 
to move to Nashville or Chadotle within 
2 years to work in government affairs. 
Cecily Walker gracluated 1 2/97 from 
Bennington College with a B.A. in paint- 
ing. Lives in NYC and takes classes at the 
School of Visual Arts. Cassie Thomas is 
still in vet school at VA Tech and is en- 
gaged to lason Campbell (EC '971. 
They're planning a 6/01 wedding. Kat- 
rina Balding Bills is enjoying married life 
and working w ith horses in Leesburg, 
VA. Alicia King is in Atlanta but is 
preparing for her job relocation to Santi- 
ago, Chile. She has seen Alexa 

Schriempf who is at the U of OR on the 
PhD track in philosophy Lucinda Polley 

Howe was married 11/14,'98 to |on. They 
live in Montgomery, AL. and she works 
for Regions Bank. Beth Garlough Thobe 
spent her summer traveling yvith her hus- 
band, who plays for the Pirate's AAA 
Club team in Calgary. They are living in 
CA in the off season. Lisa Tedder loves 
interning with Young Life at a h.s. near 
DC, anci is an instructional assistant lor 
emotionally disturbed kids. Jill Meadows 
works for a historical photo stock agency 
and is still dancing and performing in 
NYC. She performed 3/98 at the \vell- 
known ludson Church. Tanya Ketchum 
saw Tasha Swales and Kerry Coleman 
and keeps in touch with Jill M,, Nessim 
Al-Vafi. Ana Trejo '96, Phuong Tran '96, 
and Montse Carrote '95. Kerry is in grad 
school at UGA. Amy Cook completed 
grad school at VWU 8/98. She teaches 
4'" grade in Falling Waters, WV. Mar- 
garet Jenkins works in Public Relations at 
Monticello and lives with Susanne Ni- 
fong in Charlottesville. She is still dating 
Gardner Mundy (VMI '98i. Susanne en- 
joys her job in the horse selling industry. 
Melanie Chriscoe is home in Winston- 
Salem after a year in Miami, FL. She 
leaves 1 2/98 for 6 months of mission 
work in South Africa. Jess Hiveley gradu- 
ated from UNC Business School and is 
an auditor with Price Waterhouse Coop- 
ers in Minneapolis, but is training in 
Omaha, NE, until 12/98. Amy Campbell 
is in the MA program for Government at 
UVA where she was elected Vice-Chair 
of the Honor Committee! She is applying 
to law school and taught some classes at 
SBC for Dr. Perry. Sarah Betz is still man- 
ager of the Galling Pointe Yacht Club in 
Smithfield, VA. Katie Clarkson is still in 
Raleigh with IBM and is planning her 
4,/29/bo wedding to Mark Roberts, An- 
nette Dusenbury is in physical therapy 
school at Shenandoah U. and Alison 
Hall will graduate 6/99 from Auburn U. 
with a master's of public administration. I 
am the Assistant Director of the SBC 
Alumnae Association and have been 
busy traveling to visit with my class- 
mates. We've been to the beach 7/98, 
Atlanta 10/98, and a mini-reunion at my 
apartment 1 1/98, along with VMI pals Jay 
Klostreich, lason Botterill, Dutch Hol- 
land, and Jay Richardson (all '961 and 
Billv Scott, Chris Coats and Andy Clark 
(all ''971. 

As you can see, our class is scattered 
in all corners of the yvorld doing yvonder- 
lul things. I look forward to hearing from 
\'0u jII for the next set of notes. Take 
care and God bless! 

Attention SB Alumnae: 
Don't forget there are 

class notes on the 

AlumLink page of the 

Alumnae Association 




Sweet Bri,\r College Allikinae M\cazine • Sprivg 1999 

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NioiiiE Johnson Nelson '64: Survival of the Fittest 

Mollie Johnson Nelson '64 (front row, tourth from letti ot Lookout Mountain, TN, was elected to the Board of Directors in 1 993. Her 
long association with the College includes family ties beginning with her mother the late Margaret Austin Johnson '33, and continu- 
ing with her sister Peggy Johnson Laney '62 and cousin Barbara Johnson Prickett '68. 

Listening to students speak at a strategic 
planning meeting last year, Mollie Johnson 
Nelson '64 made up her mind. "In the 
course of discussing what would make 
Sweet Briar more attractive and competi- 
tive with other schools," says Mollie, "students raised 
the need for exercise equipment. It was something they 
wanted right here and now. And I could do it. So I 

Mollie made an outright gift of $225,000, of which 
$30,000 was directed toward the purchase and mainte- 
nance ot seven new stations for the College Fitness 
Center. She also tied her gift to the Senior Pledge 
Campaign, promising to match their goal of $12,500 
and, it they raised more, following their lead all the way 
up to $25,000. The challenge has spurred the Class of 
1999 to contribute $17,741 so far, with 72 percent par- 
ticipation. Halt of the money wUl go to the Colleges 
Annual Fund. The other half will endow a tiind for the 
upkeep and replacement of the exercise equipment. 

"Change," says Mollie, "is invigorating. Because we 
made it very successfully through our first 100 years, is 
no reason to rest on our laurels. If anything, past suc- 
cesses pose new challenges. The question becomes how 
can we continue to succeed tomorrow and 25 years 
down the road? It's a question all alumnae need to be 
responding to at this juncture. After all, your education 
is a big part of who you are; it holds tremendous value." 

As a past member of the Sweet Briar Alumnae As- 
sociation Board and currently secretar\' of SBC's Board 
of Directors, Mollie has had the opportunit)' to spend 
time with current students and facult\', and meet a cross 
section of alumnae. "Coming back four or more times a 
year," says MoUy, "you can't help but feel a surge of 
pride and affection. I told the students at their Senior 
Pledge Campaign Kickofif, I know nine different gen- 
erations ot Sweet Briar alumnae and they are all re- 
markable women. When they join together to fiirther 
the mission of the College, the synergy is unbeliev- 
able-it is a joy. 

"My generation did not participate in fitness per se. 
We had exercises and athletics, but not with the level of 
training and involvement that's required today. The 
current generation has a much greater, informed inter- 
est in health and fitness. They also come to Sweet Briar 
with more of a background in organized sports and ex- 
pectations to continue that interest here. I think Tide 
IX had a lot to do with that and all I can say is: More 
power to Tide IX!" 

For more information about tnaking a gift to the College, 
please contact the Development Office, Box G, Siveet Briar 
College, Sweet Briar, VA 24595, (804)381-6161. 

jijmmer Memories" 

Choreography by Charlotte Rognmoe '98 
Left to right: Charlotte Rognmoe, Sarah Kingsley '99, 
Jill Triana '99, Laura Lamb '99, Jill Meadows '97, 
Valerie Roche '99